Students develop early heart-attack warning system

Ahmad Khatib, Basil Ishtayyeh, and Mahmoud Abu Farhah, three Birzeit University computer engineering majors, have designed and created an early warning system for heart attacks.

The device, supervised by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Abdel Salam Sayyad, monitors the user’s pulse for any sudden changes. When it senses an abrupt change, the device emits a warning tone, accompanied by a written notification, to alert the user.

The device cleverly measures the user’s pulse against an international database of pulse readings, which includes pulse rates for a multitude of patients.

The students said they were currently developing a user-friendly mobile application that would allow its users to remotely-monitor the patient’s pulse in everyday activities.