This New Sports Bra Could Detect A Heart Attack

Enanoflex sports bra

Photo: Courtesy of the University of Arkansas

Women everywhere have another reason to feel healthier when working out.Interdisciplinary engineers from the University of Arkansas have developed a sports bra that uses electronic sensors to detect vital patient information, like heart rate, body temperature and respiratory rate, according to

This information can then be sent to any person with a registered handheld device — a doctor, hospital, or the woman wearing the bra.

This is all made possible with wearable gold nano-electrode sensors woven into the bra’s fabric. Electrical signals from the sensors are first read by small box-shaped module in the bra. Then, the data is sent out from  the module to any specified device — smartphones, tablets or computers.

Vijay Varadan, a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at Arkansas, calls the technology an e-Nanoflex Sensor System.

“Our e-bra enables continuous, real-time monitoring to identify any pathophysiological changes, Varadan said. “It is a platform ion which various sensors for cardiac-health monitoring are integrated into the fabric. The garment collects and transmits vital health signals to any location in the world.”

For all the men who feel left out from this development, the engineers are developing a workout vest with the same technology.

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