The Heart of the Matter

We ran across an interesting story on a new bathroom scale that claims to do a lot more than simply let you know how much you weigh. The company Withings says its new scale can also tell you about the health of your heart. Take a look below and let us know what you think about this new gadget.

From CNBC.com:

Consumer electronics firm Withings has designed a set of scales that can check the health of your heart as well as your weight, the company claims.

The device, Body Cardio, is able to measure pulse wave velocity, which is produced by the beating of the heart and can correlate with hypertension (high blood pressure). Normally, pulse wave velocity can only be measured in a clinical setting, according to the French company’s press release.

According to a story in PC Magazine, “In addition to managing the usual weight, body mass index (BMI), body composition (fat, muscle, water, and bone mass), and standing heart rate, the device measures Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV)—a key indicator of cardiac strength.”

Withings released a video touting the new scale. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.

withings

Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings is quoted on MobiHealthNews.com as saying, “It is like getting information from your annual physical every day.”

By the way, the scale retails for about $180 bucks and connects with the company’s Health Mate app.

So….what do you think about this new device? Is it an innovative breakthrough or do you have concerns? Do you believe it will help people better understand their heart and their health? Finding new tools and generating conversations around them is another way we are hoping to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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