If you watch the Dragons Den on the CBC, you may have noticed the pitch from a father and daughter team on a new form of home health-care monitoring: http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/pitches/iheart
The Iheart is a small device that you clip onto your finger for 30 seconds so that the hardware and software can analyze your health. It’s a Canadian solution to a problem we have in our country, which is the ability to provide people with quick, accurate monitoring of important physical characteristics.
The instrument measures the following important health indicators according to the company web site:
The iHeart device measures Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity — a key indicator of the health of your brain and body — to track how old you are on the inside, this measurement is calculated into your Internal Age.
Heart beats per minute while at rest tells a lot about your internal health and fitness levels. It is a strong indicator of your risk for heart problems.
Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (AoPWV) is proven to be a marker of heart health, brain health, and risk of death from all causes, it is the energy associated with your arterial pulse.
Blood Oxygen Levels. Your body requires a very precise balance of oxygen in the blood. For your body to perform optimally, blood oxygen levels should be above 95%.
The company states that the device is for personal, and not medical, use or diagnosis. It is, however, touted to be an excellent tool to help monitor your health and motivate you to take steps to a healthier lifestyle. I ordered one, will be putting it through the paces and letting you know in future blogs what I found. I believe it has promise to help evaluate the benefits of Prescriptive Exercise from www.exerciseMD.ca, as well as the benefits of changing your diet using our Click-Eat APP.
The trend in giving us better control and access to these types of devices and information is continuing to evolve. The primary barrier to our accepting these new technologies is that we have to face it if our health care choices or lifestyles aren’t the best. I’m looking forward to seeing what my “internal” age may be. Are you willing to take on the challenge?