Development and preliminary evaluation of an Android based heart rate variability biofeedback system
Paper in proceedings, 2014

The reduced Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is believed to be associated with several diseases such as congestive heart failure, diabetes and chronic kidney diseases (CKD). In these cases, HRV biofeedback may be a potential intervention method to increase HRV which in turn is beneficial to these patients. In this work, a real-time Android biofeedback application based on a Bluetooth enabled ECG and thoracic electrical bioimpedance (respiration) measurement device has been developed. The system performance and usability have been evaluated in a brief study with eight healthy volunteers. The result demonstrates real-time performance of system and positive effects of biofeedback training session by increased HRV and reduced heart rate. Further development of the application and training protocol is ongoing to investigate duration of training session to find an optimum length and interval of biofeedback sessions to use in potential interventions.


F. Abtahi

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

A. Berndtsson

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Shirin Abtahi

Chalmers, Signals and Systems

Fernando Seoane Martinez

University of Borås

Kaj Lindecrantz

Karolinska Institutet

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014

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