Wearable Sensors Can Predict Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Diseases
Researchers reveal that wearable sensors can predict various factors of risk for cardiovascular diseases, according to a study conducted on February 27, 2018.
Due to the increase in availability of consumer-grade wearables, studies are now focusing on the uses of these wearable sensors in biomedical research and healthcare. Using different approaches, 233 volunteers were profiled by the researchers. The approaches included lifestyle questionnaires, cardiac imaging and few other clinical tests. From the study conducted by the researchers, it was found that a condition known as Athlete’s heart can be identified using this wearable activity data. Researchers also found that circulating levels of a class of lipids known as ceramides can also be predicted by wearable activity data. This class of lipids have been related to cardiovascular diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Professor Stuart Cook, senior author says that harmless adaptation to sustained exercise or heart disease can lead to the enlargement of left ventricle. Individuals who are more likely to suffer from this condition can be identified using the activity data from wearables. When compared to the sedentary counterparts, lower circulating levels of ceramides was found in active volunteers.
Associate Professor Khung Keong Yeo said, “In the past, researchers studying the interaction between lifestyle and lipid metabolism would have relied on questionnaires or expensive experimental studies.” A collaborative research helped in obtaining results for this study. Professor Patrick Tan, senior author says that studies and inventions like these are possible only when clinicians, clinical researchers and health data scientists come together, and get access to multi-modality data.
This study, which talks about wearables that can predict risk factors of cardiovascular diseases such as obesity, will increase the growth of medical sensors market, as elaborated in the medical sensors market report published by Coherent Market Insights.
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