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Wearable Technology: The Future of Medical Science

Steven Victor, Steven Victor specializes in adopting advanced technologies for promoting longevity. He has expertise in combining medical science and the latest engineering technologies to create wearable electronic devices that can help in the detection of early signs of life-threatening diseases. The widespread use of these wearable medical devices is expected to curb the growing incidence of several illnesses including heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes and lower the risk of mortality associated with them. The contribution of Steven Victor, in collaboration with American Hospitals and Healthcare Management, in creating awareness about these wearable devices is noteworthy.

Wearable technology includes small physical objects with sensors, software, and other technologies connected to other devices and systems via the Internet and other communication networks. These devices have an in-built mechanism to exchange data with relevant communication networks to help identify the early warning signs of potentially life-threatening diseases. This new technology is available in the form of smartwatches, fitness trackers, head-mounted displays, fertility trackers, smart jewelry and clothing, and implantable devices. These devices can track and monitor the vital parameters of patients as well as healthy people and send alerts about the need for immediate medical attention. In addition, these devices can also provide continuous or intermittent therapies - as needed - in the form of controlled drug deliveries and electrical stimulation of the heart. These advantages indicate why wearable technology is regarded as a ray of hope by scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, and patients across the world.

Introduction: 

Taking care of our health has become as important as it has become difficult. With so many factors around us ready to harm our health, there is now an urgent need to arm ourselves with equipment and devices to track our vital parameters. 

And this is where wearable medical devices can become your perfect aid. Here is a brief discussion about how wearable medical devices can change the way you can take care of yourself. 

Health-related benefits and features of wearable medical devices

Body temperature

Your body’s temperature tells you a lot about your overall health. A wearable medical device like a smartwatch bound to your wrist would track the changes in your body temperature and notify you from time to time, especially when the temperature rises above the set levels. 

So, in case of higher body temperature due to fever, infection, or any other cause, you would be alerted allowing you to seek proper treatment before the condition flares up. 

Calories

If you are a fitness enthusiast, a wearable medical device or tracker is what you need to monitor the number of calories your body burns. This feature of wearable medical devices and trackers is especially beneficial for men and women who are trying to lose weight. 

If you have a smartwatch tied to your wrist while working out, it will give you an exact idea of how many calories you burnt during a session. You can try out different forms of exercise including aerobics, cardio, strength training, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to check which can help you burn more calories. 

Blood pressure

Blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic, hold high importance when it comes to maintaining heart health. Several disorders including angina, stroke, and high cholesterol, provide us hints of an impending attack through the changes in the blood pressure they cause. 

This is why; having a wearable device monitor your blood pressure continuously is recommended. It would keep track of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and alert you when the levels rise or drop beyond the certain limit you have set. 

It will also provide you with an analysis of the times of the day when your blood pressure tends to fluctuate, rise or drop thus giving you a hint of the activities that cause stress on your mind and body. 

These vital clues, when interpreted in an appropriate way, can work like your shield against a number of diseases known to have life-threatening consequences.

Heart rate and breathing rate

Wearable devices have features that monitor your heart rate and breathing rate. These devices can allow you to track your heart and lung functions during exercises and ensure these vital parameters remain in a zone that is safe and reducing the need for hospital admissions for emergencies. 

Conclusion 

Wearable medical devices can work as your personal fitness tracker. A wearable device can allow you to monitor your vital parameters and ensure your health and vital parameters are working on the right path just as you continue with your busy life. 

The warnings or alerts provided by your device would ensure you can seek immediate medical attention, whenever necessary, thus preventing life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks, stroke, and much more. 

Steven Victor

MD, CEO, Medical Director, Regen Medical Management LLC

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