Cardiac monitoring t-shirt to be rolled out to athletes around the world

KYMIRA, the original producer of human-powered infrared sportswear has today released an early prototype of their cardiac monitoring t-shirt. The garment wirelessly transmits the wearer’s heart rhythm to a mobile device, and can accurately identify an unusual heart rhythm that could cause a sudden cardiac arrest.

Officially being launched at the World Trade Centre, New York on 28th November, the new monitoring t-shirt uses a single lead ECG and movement reducing hardware to offer more accurate reading during exercise, perfect for both professional and amateur athletes alike.

The t-shirt, which is due to be available to sports teams in March next year and the public by the end of 2020, offers a way to reduce sudden heart attacks among athletes. The scientists at KYMIRA will continue to progress the technology to a 5 and 12 lead ECG version for medical purposes in the future.

Tim Brownstone, CEO and founder of KYMIRA, said: “This is exceptionally exciting for us as it’s a product that has been in the making for a long time now. I am thrilled to be able to present the prototype this month and hope to get it into the hands of the sporting elite early next year.

“The possibilities this product offers both sportspeople and the general public is astonishing. We envisage developing this product to be used for clinical applications to allow those who may already suffer with heart conditions enough warning of a heart attack.”

How it works

Made from a lightweight infrared emitting fabric using KYnergy infrared technology, KYMIRA products regulate body temperature to improve the wearer’s performance due to the active minerals that are embedded into the fabric. The minerals capture the energy produced by the human body during exercise and re-emit it back into muscles, providing increased circulation, increased tissue oxygen levels by up to 20% and pain relief, especially reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. (DOMS)

The cardiac device currently has electrodes printed onto KYMIRA’s fabrics, which feed into a processing unit that takes the ECG data and transmits it via BLE to the cloud. There, KYMIRA’s proprietary algorithms process and clean the data to remove noise and movement artifacts in order to accurately detect irregular heartbeats such as arrhythmia heartbeats.