Cardiovascular Health Problems Are Increasing – Here’s The Tech You Need to Prevent Them
You may already know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. But despite greater awareness around heart health, research shows that cardiovascular health problems – including strokes and aneurysms – are only increasing. That's not only because people are living longer, but also because population health is worsening every year, thanks to our modern sedentary lifestyles.
The great news is that you can take steps to prevent these problems from arising, and even reverse some of the negative progress that may have already begun. Ready to accelerate your journey towards becoming a more resilient, youthful, and overall healthy human being? It all starts with a bit of data.
The importance of data on cardiovascular health
Regardless of your age and current physical fitness, monitoring your internal wellness through accurate data is crucial to improving your heart health. You can’t always rely on how you feel to tell you how healthy you are on the inside – many people with cardiovascular issues won’t feel any symptoms at all. Data provides you with the necessary starting point to see how healthy your heart is now, and what changes need to be made.
As you start making these changes, data can also show you how your lifestyle choices affect your body, empowering you to continue on the right track or make any necessary adjustments. And getting this internal data isn’t as complicated or time consuming as you might think.
Technology is making it easier than ever before to track our health and get warnings about potential problems with our hearts. Here’s the tech you need to start lowering your risk for cardiovascular issues and taking charge of your wellbeing.
Meet the iheart Device
The iheart Device and family of apps is one of the most effective tools you can add to your arsenal if you’re looking to improve your heart health.
Developed by a Doctor of Medicine and backed by the latest cardiovascular research, the iheart Device instantly measures oxygen saturation and heart rate with unparalleled precision. It’s a pocket-sized, non-invasive fingertip oximeter that uses its accurate insights to calculate your aortic stiffness and internal mobility – two scientifically proven predictors of heart health and longevity.
Aortic stiffness refers to the increased rigidity of the aorta as you age, and it’s a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The good news is, aortic stiffness can be reversed. As you increase your internal mobility – the flexibility of core internal structures like your spine, ribcage, pelvis, and diaphragm – you can decrease your aortic stiffness. Learn more about internal mobility and how to improve it in our internal mobility blog post.
Not just another fitness tracker
Other wellness devices monitor you continuously and need to be worn for extended periods of time, but with iheart, you choose how often you check in. Whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly, you control how you track your progress in a way that makes sense for you – and see in real-time how you’re progressing. You can even use the iheart to complement a health plan prescribed by your practitioner and provide them with your results.
Paired with the iheart family of apps, the device also gives you insight into the health and functioning of your brain and autonomic nervous system, measures your heart rate variability (HRV), and records your heart rate and breathing over time.
Optimize your Heart Health with iheart
You can’t know where you’re headed if you don’t know where you’ve been. In the same vein, data about your physical wellness will give you a clear point to start from as you begin making lifestyle changes toward a healthier heart. By understanding your heart health now, you’ll be able to see how smarter health choices positively affect your scores – and get the motivation you need to keep going.
Whether you’re reducing your alcohol intake, incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet, taking up a new exercise, or practicing proper breathing techniques, why not visibly see the difference your new habits are making? There’s no better way to get the instant, accurate data you need to understand your internal wellness and track your progress as you make smarter choices for your health.