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Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Sentinel

There is no doubt that an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. However, science tells us that during exercise the risk of a sudden cardiac arrest is a lot higher than during rest.

A multitude of athletes, typically distance runners or cyclists, often train alone or in the countryside, early in the morning or at night in non-crowded settings where a sports-associated cardiac arrest may go unwitnessed for hours and lead to irreparable consequences, due to unavailability of CPR trained bystanders equipped with a defibrillator.


The lack of an automated emergency alert system starting the chain of survival is the limiting factor slowing access to defibrillation within the shortest possible time, which could reduce mortality rate of such otherwise deadly events.  

In the US it is estimated that each year well over 2,000 everyday-athletes suffer a cardiac arrest and die because of it. The effective resuscitation of a cardiac arrest, of course, requires the presence of a rescue team with skilled resources and defibrillation available within a maximum time of ten minutes from the event.

Many of our Sensoria Fitness app users are distance runners training far from home and by themselves, often pushing hard and spending countless hours in remote areas. This is the reason why Sensoria has partnered with a team of cardiologists at the University of Parma Hospital in Italy. They worked tirelessly to create a new algorithm, named Heart Sentinel™, which will be embedded into our new Sensoria Fitness v2.0 app soon. 

Heart Sentinel will work with all of our comfortable Sensoria HRM upper garments: smart t-shirt and smart sports bra (no ECG/EKG) to automatically text selected emergency contacts in case of unconsciousness possibly due to cardiac life-threatening irregularities. It will also provide GPS coordinates to accelerate the rescue efforts. 

It is estimated that at least 1 in 100,000 athletes are struck by exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest during a year. If there are no CPR trained bystanders and nobody knows the person is in real trouble, since cardiac arrest makes the subject unconscious within few seconds, nobody can come and help you, and definitely not within a few minutes.

"Our new cardiologist designed, patent-pending algorithm will constantly monitor the user’s probability of cardiac irregularities during exercise, offering a real-time alert countdown to confirm that he or she is still conscious, or it alerts selected family or friends through text message, urging them to seek help. Heart Sentinel™ may also contribute to locate the person through GPS coordinates. Backers of the crowdfunding campaign will be the first to benefit from the new algorithm and will contribute to refine the Sensoria Fitness app,” said Nicola Gaibazzi, MD and Cardiologist at University of Parma Hospital in Italy.

His team has already tested our smart garments and the Heart Sentinel algorithm with in-hospital simulators. Now we need your help to continue testing and optimizing the algorithm and the app.

If you are interested in learning more, sign up here and we will keep you posted. Enjoy your workout!



Comments (1) -

  • Rachit Mittal

    6/22/2016 10:32:00 PM |

    i want to know more

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