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Heart Patients See Benefit in Activity Trackers, But Few Use Them

Wearable activity trackers have been widely adopted in fitness circles but they’re being under-utilized by…

  • March 29, 2018

Wearable activity trackers have been widely adopted in fitness circles but they’re being under-utilized by those whose lives might be saved by these devices.

Device makers say that activity trackers with a heart monitoring functions (such as heart rate and blood pressure) can be a lifesaving tool when used by people with heart disease – helping them to monitor their heart health throughout the day and warning them when danger signs are present.

However, a new survey by HealthMine, of people with known heart disease and/or risk, found that just 27% of respondents are using an activity tracker.

Yet, 74% of people with heart disease/risk who do use an activity tracker report the device is helping them cope with their heart condition.

It’s quite likely that a lot of people – particularly older folks – may not be familiar with these relatively new technologies.

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