Some of today’s conveniences used to be science fiction, especially those associated with health care. But now they are part of our reality. If you are skeptical, think about devices like FitBit and how wearables are changing heart care.
The Rise Of Consumer Electronics And Heart Care
We have been using devices to track our lives, how many steps we take in a day, how far we have traveled, and how fast. If you are into fitness as part of your lifestyle, you probably have had one of these for some time.
Consumer electronics are easily the best selling products each holiday season, and many of them are related to healthcare. Today you can record an electrocardiogram on your smartphone or smartwatch.
Some devices can be implanted under the skin called an “implantable loop recorder” with a three year battery life. It will monitor your heart rate, rhythm, and physical activity. The device will alert you if there is a heart issue so you can secure help from The Bethencourt Group.
Heart Care Outside The Hospital
Sixty million US adults used a wearable device in 2019, up 9.2% over 2018. Known as digital therapeutics, wearable devices like watches, pendants, and those that fit around your arm can track your overall cardiac health. They can act a supplement to a physician’s clinical observations.
Wearables include activity trackers, smartwatches, digital or mobile heart devices to track blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and rhythm.
Still skeptical? One large study concluded that Apple Watch accurately catches atrial fibrillation. An early AF detection can prevent stroke, blood clots, and other complications of the heart which has the potential to complement existing healthcare strategies.
Continuous Care And Remote Monitoring
Wearables help doctors understand how a patient is doing in their home, outside the office visit or hospital setting. This remote monitoring can help provide a more effective way to treat cardiac issues.
More devices are becoming FDA approved all the time, but they do not replace the care of The Bethencourt Group.
As always, call (657) 241-9440 with questions about your heart health and wearables.