Recent advances in wearable technology make continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring possible, with potential applications in assessment of cardiopulmonary patients, healthy subjects and athletes. The aim of the present study was to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate a new wearable device (Learn Inspire Free Entertain = L.I.F.E.) by embedding in a compression shirt a 12‑lead ECG system and 5 respiratory sensors.
Median quality value was >3 for heart rate, QRS complex, ST segment and P wave (except in L3, aVL, aVF, V1 and V2 leads). Median quality of respiratory traces was >4 in patients and between 3 and 4 in healthy subjects. The respiratory monitoring of respiratory rate and inspiratory time was accurate in all body positions. Tidal volumes were underestimated due to a high level of ventilation.
The Authors conclude that L.I.F.E. device provides an accurate continuous monitoring of cardiorespiratory signals during the 24 h both in normal subjects and cardiorespiratory patients.