Early warning of heart
failure using micro-systems
Multiple micro sensors will be used in the future to help monitor body
parameters. Monitoring of body health indicators will be a useful tool in indicating ill
health at an early stage.
The MICROCARD project aims to provide the medical community with new micro-systems that
will provide innovative methods of reliable patient monitoring. These micro-systems will
enable continuous evaluation of illnesses and the effects of prescribed medication. The
product consists of a thin multisensor silicon needle which is used to simultaneously
measure several parameters associated with the heart condition known as myocardial
The demonstration uses an experimental model of the multiple sensor micro-system
applied to monitoring human body parameters during heart surgery. The MicroCard system
will be used for early detection of myocardial ischaemia when the heart is artificially
arrested during surgery.