Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) account for 45% of all deaths in the western world according to the 2004 World Health Organization statistics report. Heart failure (HF), CVD's primary paradigm, mainly affects people older than 65. The European MyHeart Project's mission is to empower citizens to fight CVD by leading a preventative lifestyle and allowing early diagnosis. This paper presents the iterative design and development of the HF management system, part of MyHeart Project. The system daily measures vital body signals to assess HF. The methodology applied herein has involved stakeholders in an iterative process: concept validation, feasibility, efficiency, patients' experience, and patients' acceptance. The final solution allows patient self-management of their chronic condition.

Original publication

DOI

10.1109/TITB.2009.2026572

Type

Journal article

Journal

IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed

Publication Date

11/2009

Volume

13

Pages

990 - 996

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Clothing, Equipment Design, Heart Failure, Humans, Medical Informatics, Monitoring, Ambulatory, Telemetry, User-Computer Interface