Recently, AARP The Magazine did an article on medical wearables which, when you think about it, is a perfect gift for anyone you know over 50. There’s so much new technology being developed to monitor your health and possibly save your life they are worth considering. I’ve gathered a list of some that I consider being the best.
Medical wearables to monitor your heart and circulation
the AliveCor Kardia-Mobile device can check your EKG and is so small it will fit in your pocket. If you feel your heart fluttering all you need to do is check your monitor. It could save you from having a heart attack. It captures your heartbeat, detects rhythm abnormalities, and symptoms of AFib.
You can also wear The AliveCor Kardiaband for Apple watch which makes it very convenient.
Another device that’s similar is the Apple Watch Series 4. This is an all-in-one health monitor that, in addition to being a very cool watch and alarm system it will track your fitness activity, heart rate, & ECG. And if you fall, it will send out an emergency call.
The iBeat Heart Watch also checks your heart rate, circulation and sends medical notifications when you sign up for a monthly monitoring subscription. If it thinks something is wrong with your health it will ask you if you’re okay. If you’re experiencing a heart-related emergency, it will automatically alert their 24-hour response them and even notify your loved ones and 911. Or, you can press its handy emergency button.
Do you think your posture is causing you to have aches and pains?
The Upright Go posture trainer is something you stick on your upper back. It emits a subtle buzz whenever you hunch over to remind you to stand up straight. Poor posture can significantly affect your health and can cause you to feel older than you really are. So many of us spend way too much time hunched over our computer or cell phone and our posture takes a toll.
Control your stress level
Stress is a major cause of illness and other medical conditions especially if you are over 50. The Spire Health Tag is a small device that you can attach to your panties or pajamas that monitor your breathing and heart rate as you sleep. It then sends the data it collects to your smartphone and gives you recommendations to improve your health. It may suggest some breathing exercises, for example. It also tells you what daily activities may be contributing to your stress level. It comes with eight tags that are machine washable so you don’t have to attach and reattach them.
Stay fit to lose or maintain your weight
The Garmin vívosmart® 4 wearable fitness device is slender and will track your heartbeat, steps, energy level, stress level, pulse Ox sleep tracking, and features dedicated activity timers for walks, runs, strength training, yoga, pool swims and others. You can even send messages from the device.
In development and coming soon
The L’Oreal UV Sense is a tiny wearable device that detects if you have been out in the sun too long to help you avoid getting skin cancer. It attaches to your fingernail.
Keep track of your blood pressure. The Omron HeartGuide Wearable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor measures your blood pressure with the push of a button. It syncs with the Omron app so you can share data with your doctor. In the meantime, they have some of the best home blood pressure monitors on the market.
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What medical wearables do you like to use? Please leave a comment below.