Smartwatch should save thousands of lives: recognize cardiac arrests and sound an alarm

Corsano Health CardioWatch in Radboudumc Cardiac Arrest Clinical Trial
Every year, approximately 17,000 Dutch people suffer a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. 7000 to 8000 this happens without someone being there to alert the emergency services. Radboudumc in Nijmegen and Corsano Health are now working on a special smartwatch. A first version of a wristband is already available at Radboudumc, says cardiologist and lead researcher Judith Bonnes. If patients have to undergo an operation in which the heart is stopped - for example when an ICD, a kind of pacemaker - is placed, they are given the band. “That measures exactly what happens in a cardiac arrest. We try to collect as much data as possible to properly program the wristband,” she explains.