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Embrace wearable tech for smoother health journeys.

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  • Wearable technology, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches, can provide valuable health data like heart rate and activity levels.
  • Doctors in Pittsburgh are utilizing this data to monitor heart health and research heart rhythm disorders.

Wearable technology, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches, is revolutionizing the way patients can monitor their health. Dr. Mehak Dhande, a cardiologist at University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Department of Cardiology, discusses how these devices can provide a vast amount of data including baseline heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and stress levels. This data can help individuals track their health trends and motivate them to engage in more physical activity.

While these devices can provide valuable insights, they are not medical grade, and it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Amit Thosani, a director of Cardiac Electrophysiology for AHN, is utilizing data from wearable devices in his research on heart rhythm disorders. He is part of the REACT-AF study, which uses Apple Watches to monitor patients with atrial fibrillation.

This study aims to personalize patient care by monitoring heart rhythms continuously and potentially reducing the need for blood thinners in some cases. The convenience and accessibility of wearable technology make it a promising tool for improving patient outcomes and advancing research in the field of cardiology.

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