Effect of Wearing Whole Body Compression Garments on Cardiovascular Function using ECG Signals

Lan Thi Nhu Nguyen, David Eager, and Hung T. Nguyen


Telehealth in sports, Compression garments, Biosensors, Heart rate variability


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of wearing whole body compression garments (WBCGs) on cardiovascular function of running trainers. Eight non-athletes (age: 25.1±3.8 years, height: 165.9±8.3 cm; weight: 61.4±13.7 kg) performed an incremental test followed by 30 minutes running on a treadmill, from 6 km.h-1 to 11 km.h-1 with correct size-compression garments (CCGs), undersize-compression garments (UCGs) and non- compression garments (NCGs). During the exercise, electrocardiogram (ECG) signals were collected between each completed speed by wearable sensors. There was a significant difference in heart rate (HR, p<0.05) between CCGs and NCGs from the velocity of 7km.h-1 onwards. Moreover, the group that wore UCGs has some significant effects on QT intervals and corrected QT at 10km.h-1 and 11km.h-1 (p<0.05). The utilization of WBCGs in a running test may influence the cardiovascular function of wearers. Based on the results of longer QTc, UCGs may cause an adverse effect on performance. Essentially, CCGs should be recommended for wearing during exercise due to the effects of lower HR.

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