Withing’s has recently unveiled another great product, the Body Cardio connected scales, for at-home management and monitoring of heart health, focusing on pulse wave velocity measurements.
“Pulse Wave Velocity readings are impacted by blood pressure, cholesterol, and lifestyle factors, all of which have a significant effect on cardiovascular health,” according to Withings.
Pulse Wave Velocity is often revered as being the most reliable stand-alone measurement able to provide an overall understanding of your cardiovascular health and potential risk factors, including your chances of developing hypertension.
“Pulse Wave Velocity is the propagation speed of the pressure wave along the arterial tree. This pressure wave along the arterial tree is caused by heartbeats, which induce blood volume changes in the vessels that expand and contract in response to these blood pressure changes,” says Withings.
Such a test is usually known as being quite difficult to perform, without the intervention of Healthcare professionals. However, the new Body Cardio scales by Withings provide an at-home monitoring opportunity for patients to measure their Pulse Wave Velocity.
Schiller are excited about the advancement and believe that their product, BR-102plus PWA is also breaking down the barriers between patient and ease of testing when it comes to PWA.
“The BR-102plus is very simple for Doctors to use and the Withings PWA scales would be a great additional, at-home, monitoring device for patients to check on their progress,” says Mathew Packer from Schiller Australia.
“With the BR-102plus, all that needs to be done is to take the patient’s blood pressure measurements over a 24 hour period and our Darwin2 software does the rest.”
It’s important to combine both approaches; utilising the at-home software and consulting with a medical professional.
“In isolation the Pulse Wave Velocity information provided by the Body Cardio scales is not nearly as accurate as the information recorded by our BR-102plus PWA recorder,” says Mathew.
“However, over time it certainly gives a fantastic view of a patient’s improvement in health through providing access to trended data.”
Whilst these connected devices are getting better all the time, they're still no replacement for a medical device, and a medical professional, which is far more accurate and better at interpreting the information.
So, as for PWA tests being commonly known as difficult and involved, that idea is now outdated; the future of your health is truly becoming more and more a matter of taking it in your own hands!