Use of Wearable Technology to Measure Influence of Driving Stress on Heart Rate of Professional Drivers

Sohail Attaur-Rasool, Izaz -ur- Rahman, Wajih -ur- Rehman


Background: Developments in wearable gadgets provides opportunity to measure human physiological parameters with
accuracy and low cost.
Objective: To determine the effect of driving stress on heart rate (HR) among professional drivers with a wrist-worn smart
band. Cross-sectiona study conducted in . Department of Medicine B.V. Hospital Bahawalpur from November 2018 to
December 2018.
Material and Methods: Thirty professional minivan drivers were recruited, Heart Rate was measured during real-time driving
conditions with Xiaomi Mi Band 3; we also recorded HR of passengers during the journey for comparison.
Results: Heart Rate of drivers remained significantly higher as compared to passengers at different times during journey. HR
of drivers at 30 min of journeying was 98.8+ 19.4, (P = 0.0001) at 60 min of journeying was 110.8 + 16.7, (P = <0.0001) at 90
min of journeying was 133.4 + 22.5, (P = <0.0001) at the end of journeying was 153.9 + 19.1.
Conclusion: Driving is a notable stress factor affecting cardiovascular health.


Heart rate, driving, smart band, driver.

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