Cardiovascular problems are serious health issues to can lead to complications and even death. As we grow older, we must make sure to keep track of our health and monitor our heart’s problems. To aid in this process, a team led by Naama Stauber and Dr. Daniel Hong developed a smartphone attachment called MOCAheart. This wearable device helps you keep track of your cardiovascular health by pressing a single button.
MOCAheart is equipped with a wide range of sensors that can be used to track blood oxygen, blood velocity and cardiac electronic activity. The device can be used alone or inserted in a smartphone case. Using it is incredibly simple; the user must simply place one finger on top of the device and wait for a couple of moments until the data shows up on the connected app.
The device uses a different system from most heart monitors. It does not tell you your systolic and diastolic pressure measurements. Instead, MOCAheart uses a scale called the MOCA index. This scale ranks the health of your heart from 0 to 4. 0 to 1 means your heart rate is lower than normal. Two means your heart rate is normal, while 3 to 4 means it is elevated. The app also helps you save the time, location, and weather conditions of each reading. This is important because very low or high temperatures put people with heart problems at risk for a heart attack.
Currently, MOCAheart is not yet FDA-approved as a blood pressure monitor. However, it is easy to use and gives you a good overview of your heart’s health. In case the app gives you a worrying result, you know to head to a specialist. “I wanted to create something that would make it easy for people to share track health data and share it with their families, so they can be alerted earlier if something needs to be checked out,” explained Hong.
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