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Smartwatch can help detect signs of a heart attack in patients at risk

 

Fitness trackers, usually monitor users’ sleep, activity and movement pattern. But the iBeat, a new portable technology, do those things while trying to reduce the number of deaths as a result of the leading deaths worldwide, heart disease.

The iBeat smartwatch makes use of microsensors to measure the users heart rate for irregularities which may indicate a cardiac arrest or a heart attack. The device also comes with a built-in radio, microphone, and GPS.

“There are many devices on the market, including diabetic monitoring, heart rate monitors, and other health monitoring solutions, but all of these devices, only passive monitor,” Ryan Howard, founder and CEO of iBeat, said in a press release. “None of them actively monitoring and analyzing your heart health around-the-clock as the iBeat Life Monitor.”

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When a cardiac incident is detected, the iBeat vibrates to alert you, the user, and prompts him or her to touch on the screen, which indicates whether everything is OK. If he or she responds with “no” or do not answer within 10 seconds, their linked contacts and iBeat 24/7 heart uk team will receive a text message, e-mail or phone message with the location of the user and the type of emergency. The mobile device is turned on, has a built-in GPS and has a help-on-demand button.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 43 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Each year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Heart disease, a risk factor for heart attacks, is responsible for one in four deaths in the US

“If you are suffering from a life-threatening heart problem, such as a sudden cardiac arrest, you have a 90 percent chance to die without intervention,” Howard said in the release. “Continuous monitoring, and quick intervention can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations.”

The iBeat is available for pre-order on iBeat.com. It costs $150 and an additional $17 per month for the monitoring service.

 

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