Uses for the technology you carry in your pocket or purse

March 1, 2024 | Daphne Lee, Senior Tech Instructor

by Daphne Lee, Senior Tech Instructor

The technology you carry in your pocket or purse is not only an intriguing technological innovation, but a useful tool for health management and a means by which you can share messages, pictures, and thoughts. mobile technology can be leveraged to support, monitor, and potentially improve cardiovascular well-being.

In recent years, mobile devices such as smartphones and smartwatches have become invaluable tools in the realm of health and wellness. These devices, equipped with an array of sensors and health-focused applications, offer unprecedented opportunities for individuals to take an active role in managing their heart health.

One of the most significant advancements is the ability of these devices to monitor heart rate in real-time. Many smartwatches and fitness trackers come with built-in heart rate monitors that use light-based technology to track blood flow through the skin, providing continuous data on heart rate

Moreover, some of these wearable devices have advanced to the point where they can perform electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) tests. An ECG is a test that can detect heart problems by measuring the electrical activity of the heart. With the touch of the device’s sensor, users can get an ECG reading within seconds, which can be shared with healthcare providers for analysis.

Mobile devices also offer a plethora of applications designed to promote heart health. These include apps for managing blood pressure, tracking medication schedules, and providing reminders to take medication, thus ensuring adherence to prescribed treatments. Additionally, there are apps dedicated to promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle, offering guidance on diet, exercise, and stress management, all of which are crucial components of cardiovascular health.

Telemedicine has also become increasingly accessible through mobile devices, enabling patients to consult with healthcare providers from the comfort of their home.

Mobile devices provide a significant means in taking an active role in managing cardiac health. Through continuous monitoring, lifestyle management, and enhanced access to healthcare professionals, mobile technology offers tools that can significantly contribute to the overall well-being and quality of life.

In addition to heart health, both the Apple and Android mobile devices are platforms for apps that track steps, activity, and other health and fitness metrics. I track my daily steps using Activity Tracker (The App) on both my Apple and Android smartphones. The Activity Tracker app works in conjunction with an app called Health and is also available on both the Apple and Android smartphones.

Beyond the heart-monitoring and steps-tracking apps, nothing says “heart-warming” than sharing photos between family and friends. Still my all-time favorite app, The Camera, on both the Apple and Android, is the best way to share the joy of a moment or event with those closest to us.

Find SRTech classes at the Point where we offer a broad selection of in-person classes covering computers, smart phones, tablets, Internet resources such as Google, Social Media like Facebook and Instagram; wearables including the Apple Watch, Fitbit and Android watches. Or, if you have other ideas, please share them with us! We are always looking to teach relevant new tech-related topics and we appreciate your feedback. Email us at [email protected] with any ideas or special requests.

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