aNewDomain — Hi-tech wearable t-shirts might be the next big thing. Israeli company HealthWatch has released a sensor-based tee that can read a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac irregularities and other vital signs. All this in hopes of preventing a heart attack and, of course, collecting data for a healthier life.
Speed is the key — the data generated from the hWear is measured in real time and can reach a doctor immediately. That way you don’t have to wait until your next scheduled exam. You can throw the t-shirt in the laundry with the rest of your clothes and wear it in about any situation imaginable. Oh, and they look great, too! (Well, we can’t have it all …)
Joking aside, the health measurements of this technology are critical. You may know someone who could have lived through a heart attack if they had five minutes more warning, and the hWear closes that time gap.
Not Just for Baby Boomers
The risk of having a heart attack goes up in men older than 45 and women older than 55, but it can happen even earlier in life. While lifestyle modifications help reduce risk — eating a healthy diet, maintaining good blood pressure and normal weight, not smoking — sometimes it’s not enough.
While the tech is solid, and the benefits obvious, would you really wear the shirt daily? Many people do not wear bulletproof vests even when they live or work in dangerous areas. Would the shirt be the same?
According to HealthWatch company the hWear t-shirt features:
- ECG-sensing garments
- 3-to-15 lead ECG
- Hospital grade quality
- High-tech washable fabric
- No adhesives. No shaving.
- Continuous monitoring 24 x 7
- Detects activity, falls, respiration, skin temp.
- Personal smartphone alerts (Bluetooth).
- Remote monitoring via Cloud and/or Wi-Fi.
Every minute counts! MedBroadcast says:
Each year, about 1.5 million people in the United States have a heart attack or stroke, killing many and leaving others with lingering disability, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Take a look at the heart attack infographic below. Preventive measures are always the best, and this techy shirt may just save your life.
Infographic Courtesy of Generations Family Practice