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(photo credit: Zeerya Pyrithea)
Maya Ehrmann writes for No Camels.
A t-shirt that tests heart activity, called Niturit has recently been developed by an Israeli-Portuguese team. The t-shirt can test heart activity and transmit the data to a medical center in real time. The European Space Agency has already chosen to use this t-shirt to test their astronauts.
EKG (electrocardiographs) and holter examinations are common examinations which monitor the heart’s activity over a period of 24-72 hours, but they can be cumbersome. With this t-shirt, the astronauts can continue their daily routine while having their heart activity monitored.
The Niturit, developed by the University of Aveiro in Portugal and the
Israeli “Moked Enosh” center (also responsible for the development of
the emergency button twenty years ago), is an ordinary t-shirt made of
fabric that doesn’t absorb sweat. Electrodes are embedded in the shirt
that can transmit a record of heart activity over a number of hours and
for up to 4 consecutive days. The examination captures irregularities in
heart rate and other disorders that may point to heart disease or
The t-shirt is being offered as part of examinations by the Moked Enosh
center, at the cost of 400NIS ($117). Doctors from the center come to
the patients’ homes and guide them through the examination. The Niturit
is already being marketed in Portugal, Spain and Brazil and is available
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