Dutch scientists have developed underwear that calls an ambulance if the wearer has a heart attack.

The Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven has developed bras, vests and pants that register and analyse the wearer’s heartbeat…

The sensors are linked, via wireless technology, to a mobile phone which automatically makes contact with an alarm centre or an ambulance in an emergency.

Director Karel Joosse told Algemeen Dagblad: “They are so easy to use, the patients wouldn’t realise they are wearing special underwear.”

Mr Joosse says the system is designed to help cure more people at home rather than in hospitals, and expects it to be widely used in Holland and Germany within two years.

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