Unobtrusive monitoring of cardiovascular health at home using a modified weighing scale

Omer T. Inan*, Mozziyar Etemadi, Richard M. Wiard, Laurent Giovangrandi, Gregory T A Kovacs

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Abstract

This paper presents a review of our team’s research efforts over the past eight years focusing on providing innovative solutions for actionable and unobtrusive home health monitoring using a common household device: the weighing scale. By interfacing the mechanical and electrical sensors available in modern digital weighing scales to dedicated analog front end circuits, developing a customized toolkit of algorithms for processing and analyzing measured signals, and conducting targeted human subjects studies to elucidate relationships between underlying physiological changes and features of the signals, we have opened up a combination of new potential solutions to important health monitoring needs; additionally, we have uncovered new scientific questions to address in further studies. In particular, we have focused on better understanding longitudinal measurements of the ballistocardiogram (BCG) signal – representing the cardiogenic reactionary forces of the body – and how the BCG can complement other more well-known measures of cardiovascular performance. The key technological challenges and barriers we have attempted to address in this work, as well as the scientific questions that are currently at the forefront of our research, are outlined and discussed here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering - MBEC 2014
EditorsIgor Lackovic, Darko Vasic
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages918-921
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319111278
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, MBEC 2014 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: Sep 7 2014Sep 11 2014

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Volume45
ISSN (Print)1680-0737

Other

Other6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, MBEC 2014
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period9/7/149/11/14

Keywords

  • Ballistocardiography
  • Home health monitoring
  • Multi-modal physiological monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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