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Wearable Cardiorespiratory Monitor

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Project "WECARMON" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 257˙191 €
 EC max contribution 257˙191 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-09   to  2020-12-03


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA ES (ZARAGOZA) coordinator 257˙191.00


 Project objective

The research topic of WECARMON deals with biomedical signal processing, specifically, the analysis of electrocardiogram (ECG) signals for cardiorespiratory system assessment. WECARMON’s main objective is to develop novel system for early non-invasive detection of clinical destabilizations of patients with chronic respiratory diseases, e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Its innovative nature is based on two main tools: 1) a long-term (months) wearable ECG device which uses dry electrodes which causes no skin irritation and which are placed in a left leadless armband, and 2) signal processing techniques for estimating respiratory rate and volumes from ECG which are robust against artefacts generated by movements during daily life. Chronic respiratory patients are affected by destabilizations (or “exacerbations”) which makes them to seek medical help and often lead to their hospitalization. Exacerbations can start quickly (in minutes to hours) and they are one of the main causes of mortality among patients with COPD and asthma which are the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, affecting millions of children and adults. Among the wide range of applications of a wearable cardiorespiratory monitor related to intensive care units, respiratory disorders and health monitoring, the chosen application of WECARMON is the daily ECG and respiratory monitoring in COPD and asthma patients for early detection of exacerbations allowing a better prognosis of the patient and a reduction of financial costs to society. WECARMON can be divided in 2 phases: 1) Development of a long-term (months) wearable ECG and respiration monitor, and 2) Development of an automatic algorithm for early detection of COPD and asthma exacerbations, based on cardiorespiratory parameters (e.g., heart and respiratory rates, tidal volume, minute ventilation).


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Carolina Varon, John Morales, Jesús Lázaro, Michele Orini, Margot Deviaene, Spyridon Kontaxis, Dries Testelmans, Bertien Buyse, Pascal Borzée, Leif Sörnmo, Pablo Laguna, Eduardo Gil, Raquel Bailón
A Comparative Study of ECG-derived Respiration in Ambulatory Monitoring using the Single-lead ECG
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-62624-5
Scientific Reports 10/1 2020-04-03
2019 Javier Milagro, Margot Deviaene, Eduardo Gil, Jesús Lázaro, Bertien Buyse, Dries Testelmans, Pascal Borzée, Rik Willems, Sabine Van Huffel, Raquel Bailón, Carolina Varon
Autonomic Dysfunction Increases Cardiovascular Risk in the Presence of Sleep Apnea
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-042X, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00620
Frontiers in Physiology 10 2019-12-16
2019 A Hernando, M D Peláez-Coca, M T Lozano, J Lázaro, E Gil
Finger and forehead PPG signal comparison for respiratory rate estimation
published pages: 95007, ISSN: 1361-6579, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6579/ab3be0
Physiological Measurement 40/9 2019-12-16
2019 Jesús Lázaro, Eduardo Gil, Michele Orini, Pablo Laguna, Raquel Bailón
Baroreflex Sensitivity Measured by Pulse Photoplethysmography
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-453X, DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00339
Frontiers in Neuroscience 13 2019-12-16
2019 Spyridon Kontaxis, Jesus Lazaro, Eduardo Gil, Pablo Laguna, Raquel Bailon
Assessment of Quadratic Nonlinear Cardiorespiratory Couplings During Tilt-Table Test by Means of Real Wavelet Biphase
published pages: 187-198, ISSN: 0018-9294, DOI: 10.1109/tbme.2018.2821182
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 66/1 2019-12-16
2019 Javier Milagro, David Hernando, Jesus Lazaro, Jose Antonio Casajus, Nuria Garatachea, Eduardo Gil, Raquel Bailon
Electrocardiogram-Derived Tidal Volume During Treadmill Stress Test
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 0018-9294, DOI: 10.1109/tbme.2019.2911351
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2019-12-16
2019 Luca Iozza, Jesús Lázaro, Luca Cerina, Davide Silvestri, Luca Mainardi, Pablo Laguna, Eduardo Gil
Monitoring breathing rate by fusing the physiological impact of respiration on video-photoplethysmogram with head movements
published pages: 94002, ISSN: 1361-6579, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6579/ab4102
Physiological Measurement 40/9 2019-12-16
2019 Carolina Varon, Jesus Lazaro, Juan Bolea, Alberto Hernando, Jordi Aguilo, Eduardo Gil, Sabine Van Huffel, Raquel Bailon
Unconstrained Estimation of HRV Indices After Removing Respiratory Influences From Heart Rate
published pages: 2386-2397, ISSN: 2168-2194, DOI: 10.1109/jbhi.2018.2884644
IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics 23/6 2019-12-16
2018 Javier Milagro, Eduardo Gil, Jesus Lazaro, Ville-Pekka Seppa, L. Pekka Malmberg, Anna S. Pelkonen, Anne Kotaniemi-Syrjanen, Mika J. Makela, Jari Viik, Raquel Bailon
Nocturnal Heart Rate Variability Spectrum Characterization in Preschool Children With Asthmatic Symptoms
published pages: 1332-1340, ISSN: 2168-2194, DOI: 10.1109/jbhi.2017.2775059
IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics 22/5 2019-12-16
2019 Elena Peralta, Jesus Lazaro, Raquel Bailon, Vaidotas Marozas, Eduardo Gil
Optimal fiducial points for pulse rate variability analysis from forehead and finger photoplethysmographic signals
published pages: 25007, ISSN: 1361-6579, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6579/ab009b
Physiological Measurement 40/2 2019-12-16
2019 Alberto Hernando, Maria Dolores Pelaez-Coca, Maria Teresa Lozano, Montserrat Aiger, David Izquierdo, Alberto Sanchez, Maria Isabel Lopez-Jurado, Ignacio Moura, Joaquin Fidalgo, Jesus Lazaro, Eduardo Gil
Autonomic Nervous System Measurement in Hyperbaric Environments Using ECG and PPG Signals
published pages: 132-142, ISSN: 2168-2194, DOI: 10.1109/jbhi.2018.2797982
IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics 23/1 2019-12-16
2019 Spyridon Kontaxis, Jesus Lazaro, Valentina D.A. Corino, Frida Sandberg, Raquel Bailon, Pablo Laguna, Leif Sornmo
ECG-derived Respiratory Rate in Atrial Fibrillation
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 0018-9294, DOI: 10.1109/tbme.2019.2923587
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2019-12-16
2019 Adriana Arza, Jorge Mario Garzón-Rey, Jesús Lázaro, Eduardo Gil, Raul Lopez-Anton, Conchita de la Camara, Pablo Laguna, Raquel Bailon, Jordi Aguiló
Measuring acute stress response through physiological signals: towards a quantitative assessment of stress
published pages: 271-287, ISSN: 0140-0118, DOI: 10.1007/s11517-018-1879-z
Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing 57/1 2019-12-16

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