With the growing prevalence of Internet access, smart phones and tablet devices, personalized health information and management is literally at our fingertips. Specifically in terms of heart disease, there are numerous applications and devices that can monitor a wide range of risk factors to raise our awareness and that of our physicians. Such resources can be essential in detecting early warning signs since they can track changing conditions and the progression of risk factors.
One example is home-based and wearable wireless sensors that measure activity levels and vital signs, including blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, and weight, which can then be entered or automatically transmitted to and from the devices into a computer. These include personal ECG monitors, “intelligent shoes” and “smart bandages” that measure respiratory and heart rates, body temperature, and even deliver medication. Generally small, lightweight, and energy-efficient, these technologies enable virtual healthcare in the pocket.
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