Have you heard of Cardiovascular diseases? They are medical problems concerning the heart and its blood vessels. According to the Global Burden of Diseases, over 24.8% of deaths in India are caused by cardiovascular disease. In today’s world, doctors recommend monitoring heart health through technology, to people susceptible or suffering from heart conditions.
This article highlights three ways by which one suffering or not suffering from heart ailments can monitor and manage heart health. Let’s get into it.
A blood pressure cuff monitors the pressure of the circulating blood against the vessels. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg, though it changes with age. Blood pressure higher than ideal is raised or elevated and causes hypertension. Hypertension is commonly seen in the older population and can cause heart disorders, stroke, and kidney diseases.
Blood pressure can be measured both manually or by an automated device. Bp monitors are readily available at chemist shops and hospital pharmacies. Individuals can check their blood pressure and see if they are in good shape for their corresponding weight, gender, and age group.
Some studies suggest that regular monitoring at home leads to lowering blood pressure. Self-monitoring is an efficient part of heart healthcare. It also helps patients understand how dietary and lifestyle habits modulate their bp.
Pulse monitors are a good investment, especially when the doctor recommends checking the vitals regularly. Pulse monitors measure the heart rate or the number of times the heart beats in a minute. The ideal resting pulse rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Athletic people usually have a low resting pulse rate.
Pulse monitors can measure both resting and active heart rates. Connect with a cardiologist to help understand the ideal resting and active pulse rate for oneself. Heart rate monitors are now available as simple wristbands and smartwatches. Some smartwatches also can record EKG with pulse rate. A few pulse rate monitors also come with alert systems for when the heart rate is too high or low.
Covid 19 and the lockdowns brought ‘work from home’ and ‘work out from home’ into fashion. Due to restrictions, people started leaning on to home workouts and digital monitoring apps to keep fit. Such apps, with modifications, brought heart monitoring tools and heart health tips to the fingertips of the user.
Heart healthcare applications make it possible to store health data in a safe place and easily share it with a healthcare professional, at any time, anyplace. Such applications can also connect with other remote monitoring apps and devices to give doctors an overall picture of an individual’s health condition.
A lot of wearable devices and health monitors are available in the market. Choosing something in ones’ price range while considering the quality is essential for accurate recording. It is imperative to know if one needs a device for heart health monitoring purposes or general health and fitness.
There are also certain specialized medical devices and remote monitoring apps available only through the doctor. If one is looking for something specific, they should feel free to connect with a doctor and seek guidance. In the end, awareness about heart health and early detection is always ideal.
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