Overall Barometer of Health
May 9, 2016 by Dr. Jess Goodman | lifestyle
Walking this weekend through one of Vancouver's lovely urban forests a man and his Labrador approached my wife and I on the path. He mentioned that his dog was 16 years old. My wife responded that our Standard Poodle was 14 years old. It turned out that both dogs had been walked mostly in natural surroundings and not on city streets.Why would the ground they walk on allow these dogs to remain vigorous and have live significantly longer than most dogs of similar breeds
It turns out that stiffness of the body's core regions, affecting Core Mobility, is critically important to maintain health and preserve life. About 20 years ago medical scientists noted that stiffness of the Aorta, the body's largest blood vessel running from the heart through the abdomen, was a predictor for risk of death from all causes. In other words, Aortic Stiffness was a measure of overall health and a way to estimate lifespan. There are now many scientific articles confirming the ability of Aortic Stiffness to act as an indicator of overall health. In addition it has been established that Aortic Stiffness improves with attention to diet, exercise and stress management.
Never before has a single metric been able to act as an overall 'barometer' of health and demonstrate improvement with wise lifestyle choices.
Aortic Stiffness is assessed by measuring the speed with which a pulse wave travels along the Aorta. In the past Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (AoPWV) has been determined by placing a pressure sensor over a large artery in the neck (Carotid) and other pressure sensor over a large artery in the upper thigh (Femoral).
iHeart's measurement of Aortic Stiffness is a simple but revolutionary way to monitor health. In 30 seconds the iHeart fingertip pulse sensor and mobile app are able to display Internal Age, a measure of Aortic Stiffness. iHeart responds to both short and long term influences. Your Internal Age will drop after walking daily for a few days and rise after a night of partying.
iHeart provides insight into day-to-day habits that affect health, wellbeing and longevity.