The total number of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases is over 17 million/year worldwide. According to some estimates this number can potentially reach 25 million by 2020.
Beside the traditional medical treatment in our country there are no programs specifically for outpatients, unlike in Western European countries. For this very reason, Szent Ferenc Hospital of Budapest created a nature trail within the program called "Út az egészséghez" (The Road to Health). The program was started primarily for patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
My main task was to implement a mobile phone application which communicates with a Holter ECG monitor worn by the patient during hiking and collects the patient's heart rate data. In case of any impending emergency situation the application warns the patient to take a rest. Furthermore, the application assists the user on the chosen trail by showing an on-screen map.
In my thesis I introduce the physiological foundations of ECG and the various types of ECG devices, particularly emphasizing Holter ECG devices. The main part of my work comprises the planning and development of the mobile phone application. As part of this, I describe the technologies involved and the principal steps of planning. Following that I demonstrate the most interesting parts of the realisation with screenshots of the completed application. At the end of my thesis I summarize the outcome and evaluate the software product while also listing possibilities for further development.