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New tech tells you if you are about to have a heart attack or suffer from sleep apnea

New tech tells you if you are about to have a heart attack or suffer from sleep apnea
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Millions of people die from heart conditions each year, and many never even knew their heart had a problem. Diagnosing heart health has always been a challenge for doctors because the data provided by scans only offer a snapshot.

But what if I told you technology exists that can monitor your heart and alert you to problems faster? Good news, there is!

How to use tech to monitor your health

Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been able to gain insight into their health on a daily basis. Areas including sleep, fitness, stress and medical conditions can be monitored with the Cardiogram app.

The app previously only worked with wearables like the Apple Watch and Garmin devices. Until now. Cardiogram announced this week that the app is now available for Android Wear.

The Cardiogram app monitors your health continuously by taking a heart rate measurement every five minutes. For working out, you can turn on workout mode, which will take a measurement every second. It's compatible with any Android Wear watch with a heart rate sensor.

Here are some features of the app:

  • Timeline tab - Shows your heart rate each day, with a detailed view for workouts and a special interface to track spikes related to stress, diet or exercise.
  • Daily Leaderboard lens - This is found in the Timeline tab and lets you compete for steps and activity levels with your family and friends.
  • Metrics tab - Shows you how your resting heart rate and steps are trending over time.
  • Habits tab - Lets you find a new healthy habit or activity you'll love, invite a friend to share metrics, and optimize your overall health and fitness.
  • Me tab - Allows you to build a profile and share your health information with medical researchers, to contribute to studies on abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation (AF), heart failure, and more.

When you open the app on your smartphone, you will see a timeline of your heart rate, diet, exercise, and even increases in stress. There's another feature that shows your resting heart rate, daily step count, and how your health metrics compare to average Americans.

The Cardiogram app is free and available for both Apple and Android gadgets. Click here to download for Android. Click here for iOS.

Speaking of your health, here are 5 health tests you can take online

Let's face it. Improving your health isn't only about exercising more often. Keeping up with your regular check-ins should also be a part of your regimen. With the help of the internet, you can quickly gauge the status of your health. Here's a list of five sites that can help you test for your heart, your eyes and your overall health.

Click here for five sites that make healthy living easy.

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