Stroke Study Wearables

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures.

The most common types of disability after stroke are impaired speech, restricted physical abilities, weakness or paralysis of limbs on one side of the body, difficulty gripping or holding things, and a slowed ability to communicate. Early treatment and rehabilitation after stroke can improve recovery and many people regain a lot of function.

With the aim of discovering better and more effective treatment for patients, Formsense was selected to be the industry partner in a $2.5m NIH grant with Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts-Amherst with clinical trials at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to study the role and efficacy of upper limb sensors in monitoring and grading motor functions in stroke survivors.

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