• Plug and play heart rate sensor for Arduino
• Can be used by students, artists, athletes, makers, and game & mobile developers
• Comes with 24 inch color coded Cable with standard male headers
• Heart rate data can be really useful for designing an exercise routine
What do you mean by Heartbeat?
A person’s heartbeat is the sound of the valves in his/her’s heart contracting or expanding as they force blood from one region to another. The number of times the heart beats per minute (BPM), is the heart beat rate and the beat of the heart that can be felt in any artery that lies close to the skin is the pulse.
Two Ways to Measure a Heartbeat
Manual Way: Heart beat can be checked manually by checking one’s pulses at two locations- wrist (the radial pulse) and the neck (carotid pulse). The procedure is to place the two fingers (index and middle finger) on the wrist (or neck below the windpipe) and count the number of pulses for 30 seconds and then multiplying that number by 2 to get the heart beat rate. However pressure should be applied minimum and also fingers should be moved up and down till the pulse is felt.
Using a sensor: Heart Beat can be measured based on optical power variation as light is scattered or absorbed during its path through the blood as the heart beat changes.
Principle of Heartbeat Sensor
The heartbeat sensor is based on the principle of photo phlethysmography. It measures the change in volume of blood through any organ of the body which causes a change in the light intensity through that organ (a vascular region). In case of applications where heart pulse rate is to be monitored, the timing of the pulses is more important. The flow of blood volume is decided by the rate of heart pulses and since light is absorbed by blood, the signal pulses are equivalent to the heart beat pulses.
There are two types of photophlethysmography:
Transmission: Light emitted from the light emitting device is transmitted through any vascular region of the body like earlobe and received by the detector.
Reflection: Light emitted from the light emitting device is reflected by the regions.
HeartWorking of a Heartbeat Sensor
The basic heartbeat sensor consists of a light emitting diode and a detector like a light detecting resistor or a photodiode. The heart beat pulses causes a variation in the flow of blood to different regions of the body. When a tissue is illuminated with the light source, i.e. light emitted by the led, it either reflects (a finger tissue) or transmits the light (earlobe). Some of the light is absorbed by the blood and the transmitted or the reflected light is received by the light detector. The amount of light absorbed depends on the blood volume in that tissue. The detector output is in form of electrical signal and is proportional to the heart beat rate.
This signal is actually a DC signal relating to the tissues and the blood volume and the AC component synchronous with the heart beat and caused by pulsatile changes in arterial blood volume is superimposed on the DC signal. Thus the major requirement is to isolate that AC component as it is of prime importance.
Heartbeat To achieve the task of getting the AC signal, the output from the detector is first filtered using a 2 stage HP-LP circuit and is then converted to digital pulses using a comparator circuit or using simple ADC. The digital pulses are given to a micro-controller for calculating the heat beat rate, given by the formula-
BPM(Beats per minute) = 60*f
Where f is the pulse frequency