AD8232 Heart Rate Monitor Hookup Guide

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The AD8232 is a neat little chip used to measure the electrical activity of the heart. This electrical activity can be charted as an ECG or Electrocardiogram. Electrocardiography is used to help diagnose various heart conditions. Now for the disclaimer:

This device is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions.


Covered in this Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will go over the basics for getting your AD8232 Heart Rate Monitor up and running. First, an overview of the board and all its features will be presented. Then, we’ll show you how hook it up to your favorite microcontroller and how to create visual data using Processing.

Suggested Reading

If you are not familiar with any of the following concepts, you may want to review them before moving ahead.