What a dilemma

By December 20, 2018 No Comments

“The regular practice of physical and sporting activities is one of the most important measures in cardiovascular prevention. It is to be recommended at all ages as it improves fitness and significantly reduces cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, exercise can become a trigger of Sudden Cardiac Death (SD) in patients with often underlying cardiovascular disease”[1].

Every second article discusses the importance of physical activity, which can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing many diseases. At the same time, no action is without risk and exercise is no exception. You hear constant warnings about such risks – sudden cardiac death increase by a factor of 5 during vigorous exercise is one of them.

Quite confusing, to say the least. What are my options? Do I remain inactive, exposing myself to diabetes, overweight and cardiac events, or do I start exercising and risk cardiac death? I know, you choose not to choose. I’ll keep on doing whatever I was doing until now and read absolutely nothing about the subject.

Well, there’s a better way of handling the situation. The immense contribution of exercise to our bodies and minds is unquestionable and like everything in life, physical activity should be done thoughtfully. So instead of giving it up altogether, supervise it: manage your own health with medical wearable devices.

Wearable devices are defined as “devices that can be worn or mated with human skin to continuously and closely monitor an individual’s activity”[2]. Medical wearable devices of hospital standard, such as HealthWatch’s Master Caution®, provide remote ECG monitoring and actually bring the hospital to the user’s home. No more guessing, no more spending days at ERs for no apparent reason or worse – dismissing life-threatening symptoms. Wearable remote ECG monitoring systems, especially those with 12-leads, can detect cardiac irregularities within seconds. Take Arrhythmia for instance, which is a deviation from normal heart rate. What most people don’t know is that Arrhythmia can be paroxysmal, but it can also be persistent. In some cases, visible or detectable symptoms are caused but in some – there are no symptoms at all. But most importantly, Arrhythmias can be lethal and can only be detected by ECG devices of no less than 12-leads.

Give me the bottom line, you’re saying. Well, now you can finally go with the best option rather than with the best of a bad lot. You no longer need to choose between not exercising and exercising whilst being frequently ECG scanned at the hospital. Now you can exercise and manage your health at home – safely and accurately. In my eyes, this is a win-win situation.

[1] Bolognesi, M. The Importance of the Electrocardiogram (ECG) in the Setting of Sports Pre-Participation Screening, J Clin Case Rep 4:e136. Doi: 10.4172/2165-7920.1000e136
[2] Gao W, Emaminejad S, Nyein HY, Challa S, Chen K, Peck A, et al. Fully integrated wearable sensor arrays for multiplexed in situ perspiration analysis. Nature. 2016;529(7587):509–514
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