Heart protection could mean using smartphone apps or wearables that monitor heart health, says a cardiologist from Northern Virginia.
Smartphone apps and wearables that track people’s heart health are evolving at a dazzling rate. A cardiologist from Northern Virginia believes they are useful tools that more people should use.
They can, for example, measure heart rate, record an electrocardiogram and warn people if their heart rhythm is disturbed.
“Some may even test your blood’s oxygen saturation, and in the COVID-19 era it’s a huge advantage that people can make sure their blood has enough oxygen,” said Dr. Warren Levy, a board-certified cardiologist and president of Virginia Heartwhere he is the chief physician.
Levy says there are a lot of devices on the market that everyone can buy.
“It will be your smartwatch, your smartphones, external devices that allow you to measure your electrocardiogram or oxygen saturation,” Levy said. “Other wearables we use should be prescribed by a doctor.”
Levy gives a real example of how smart watches can help heart health
A small patch that can be worn by a doctor can be worn for a week or a month, for example, to measure heart rate in real time for review later.
There are other medical specialties that use wearable devices.
“Whether it’s physiotherapists or orthopedic surgeons, our endocrinologists definitely love some of the glucose, sugar control devices that people can wear to better manage their diabetes,” Levy said.
February is the month of the American heart and Levy believes that everyone should take active responsibility for their own health as much as possible.
Levy said a recently published study “showed that our elderly patients are much more resistant to using either medical apps on smartphones or any of these wearable devices.”
“And it’s a shame because it is the population that is likely to benefit most get more feedback about your health and become the best partners in your own healthcare ”.
Levy said study after study shows that people who take an active role in ensuring their own well-being, “do much better in the long run, lead happier, healthier and more active lives. And it doesn’t take that much effort. “
According to Levy, what things should be kept in mind?
- Know your numbers
- Keep your blood pressure under control
- Be aware of the signs of diabetes
- See your doctor regularly
- Eat a a healthy diet for the heart
- Be active
“All it takes is 30 minutes of activity five days a week, and it will significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease,” Levy said.
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