This American Heart Month, we give you something to think about: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though cardiovascular (heart) disease is the number one cause of death among American women and men today, it is often preventable.
Offering up a silver lining to the dark cloud, we want you to understand the importance of monitoring your heart activity, and staying active and eating healthy if you're in any way predisposed to cardiovascular conditions.
Some of the most helpful inventions of our times are pulse monitoring smartwatches, fitness trackers and bands, which should be used for more than just to track steps, calories, and active minutes. In fact, today we look at the chicest heart-friendly smart gear that's totally worth your money, and should be on the top of your shopping list. Ready to add to cart?
Numetrex Heart Rate Monitor Clothing (starts at $29.99)
The future is biometric smart wear. These are clothes that work in tandem with your body to monitor your health. Numetrex with their athletic line up for women and men have done just that. Special sensor fibers are knitted into the fabric to capture real-time heart data and other vitals when you have them on. The add-on transmitter ($19.99) seamlessly sends the vital data to a smart phone, watch or health tracker, and even alerts you if you’re over exerting your heart while exercising.
Mio Fuse ($149)
One of the slimmest bands around, the Mio is as accurate as the big heart rate chest strap that doctors use on patients. An electro-optical cell senses the volume of blood under your skin and keeps a check on your hearts vitals, while working out or even sleeping. Apart from acting as a monitor to detect irregular heart rates, it’s got a built-in tracker that counts your calories. It tells time as well; the Mio Fuse is also pegged as a chic active watch that looks good on both women and men.
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds ($159.99)
These rechargeable, lightweight in-ear buds not only look and sound fantastic, but Jabra also thoughtfully integrated a precision bio-metric heart monitor. These innovatively monitor your pulse from the earlobe, and provide a real-time breakdown of your heart's health to your smart device. Want to change songs or take calls on your phone while working out, running, or on the treadmill? No sweat, there’s a remote and microphone built in as well.
iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter ($69.95)
Ridiculously simple to use—just clip the Oximeter on to your finger, and voila, you’ve got your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and perfusion index instantly at your fingertips. This FDA-approved health tracker works as a standalone device or wirelessly syncs with your iPhone or tablet, and saves your heart data for over 200 workout sessions. The best bit—there is a built-in rechargeable battery and you can run the Oximeter for hours on a single charge.
It may look like a cool retro camera add-on for your smart phone, but it’s built primarily to measure cardio-respiratory fitness. Plug Tinké into your phone, place your finger on the sensor, and you’ll get your heart’s health parameters in a few seconds. Apart from heart rate variability, it will tell you your respiratory rate and blood oxygen saturation, to help you determine fitness and stress indices. Plus, there’s a nifty Zen level that alerts you when you’re stressed out, and shows one how to calm down through breathing exercises.
AliveCore Mobile ECG ($99)
Feel shortness of breath or lightheaded while working out or taking a jog around the park? That could be due to atrial fibrillation (AF), a leading cause of stroke and heart disease, and an ECG will detect it instantly. AliveCore with its clever design incorporates electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes right into the back of your phone, making it one handy heart monitoring unit. Place your fingertips on the electrodes or place the case on your chest, and it will measure all electrical activity of your heart, give you the ECG readout, and even send your doctor the results.
If, like us, you know your wearable technology, do let us know if there’s anything we missed that should have made the cut! Have a healthy #HeartMonth, folks!