Design and Development of an Efficient and Cost Effective ECG Simulator Capable of Generating Normal and Pathological ECG Signals

Muhammad Shafique and Ayesha Naeem (Riphah International University, Pakistan)

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the major causes of death worldwide, which is increasing day by day. For diagnostics and treatment of such diseases, proper diagnostic and well calibrated equipment is required, which are calibrated by using test equipments. ECG simulator is the major equipment used for calibration and testing of ECG machines and Patient Monitors. Currently available ECG Simulators are very costly and microcontroller based, which consists of some specific number of signals that cannot be changed. The idea behind this thesis was to design and develop of a cost effective and customized Arduino based 4-lead ECG Simulator. It was customized in such a way that user can change the number and type of signal, according to the requirement. It will be beneficial for students for their research purpose as well as local manufacturing industry for production of device. Analog ECG signals were burned into arduino Due board. User interface was designed in such a way that user can easily select the required ECG signal and observe it on oscilloscope, serial plotter (by using arduino UNO) and on biopac system. These waveforms are then verified by using Fast Fourier Transform and cross correlation.

Journal: International Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology IJSSST V19

Published: Feb 28, 2018

DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.19.01.01