A Personalized Approach for Predicting the Effect of Aerobic Exercise on Blood Pressure Using a Fuzzy Inference System

Anita Honka, Mark van Gils, Juha Pärkkä

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    Abstract

    Regular aerobic exercise is a recommended treatment for elevated blood pressure (BP). However, making permanent lifestyle changes is not easy. Having personally relevant information about the treatment, about its effects and importance, is a precondition for motivation. Thus, the first step towards a successful lifestyle change is appropriate education. This paper describes a Sugeno-type Fuzzy Inference System (FIS) that predicts the effect of regular aerobic exercise on blood pressure based on the exercise dose variables, exercise frequency and intensity, as well as demographics (age, gender, ethnicity), and the baseline BP of a person. Since BP response to exercise varies largely between individuals, the system takes an initial step towards personalized prediction. Hence, the system can be used to educate a person about the benefits of exercise on BP in a personally relevant way, providing more accurate information than traditional education materials. Furthermore, preliminary validation results of the performance of the FIS are promising. The predictions comply with the findings of medical research for populations, though the individual-level validation remains still to be done.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011. Boston, MA, USA, 30 Aug. - 3 Sept. 2011
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Pages8299-8302
    ISBN (Print)9781424441211
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: EMBC 2011 - Boston, United States
    Duration: 30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011

    Conference

    Conference33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBoston
    Period30/08/113/09/11

    Keywords

    • decision support methods and systems
    • personalised health

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