Evaluation of a textile-based wearable system for the electrocardiogram monitoring in cardiac patients

Marco Di Rienzo, Vittorio Racca, Francesco Rizzo, Bruno Bordoni, Gianfranco Parati, Paolo Castiglioni, Paolo Meriggi, Maurizio Ferratini

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AimsWe developed a textile-based wearable system, named MagIC, for the unobtrusive monitoring of one electrocardiogram (ECG) lead, respiratory frequency and motion. In the present study, we investigated the ability of this system to monitor cardiac rhythm and arrhythmic events in cardiac patients.Methods and resultsThe study was carried out by comparing ECG tracings simultaneously recorded by MagIC and traditional ECG devices (Trad-ECG) in 40 cardiac patients at rest and during physical exercise. Data were manually scored by two cardiologists. At rest the artefact rates observed with MagIC and Trad-ECG were virtually identical (1.4% of the registered signal); while during physical exercise the artefact rate observed with MagIC was much lower than with Trad-ECG (4.07 vs. 17.31%). Recordings from MagIC allowed a correct identification of the type of rhythm in the vast majority of patients (92.5%) and an estimation of PQ interval and QRS duration similar to Trad-ECG (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-612
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Care continuum
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Smart garment
  • Textile sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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