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eHealth: Nokia’s new connected scale does cardiovascular health checks

eHealth: Nokia’s new connected scale does cardiovascular health checks
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Withings, the connected health device company recently bought by Nokia Technologies has launched Withings Body Cardio, a new connected scale that performs health checks.

Body Cardio helps users see a holistic view of their health with measures of weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), body composition and standing heart rate, the tech company says.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to Nokia, within seconds of stepping on the Body Cardio, users can see a holistic view of their health with accurate measures of weight, BMI, body composition (fat, muscle, water & bone mass); standing heart rate and the highly insightful PWV, a measurement that is a key indicator of cardiac health and associated with hypertension and risks of cardiovascular incidents.[/quote]The scales also register Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) measurements, which the company said is a key indicator of cardiac health, and associated with hypertension and risks of cardiovascular incidents.

Widely recognised by the medical community as the best standalone assessments of cardiac health, PWV is defined as the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along the arterial wall, high PWV indicates stiff arteries or high blood pressure.

Body Cardio will be computing PWV based on the user’s age and time it takes for blood to flow from the aorta in the heart to the vessels in the feet. Body Cardio, along with its app, Health Mate, also provides the user with the evolution of its PWV (m/s) over time and with an indication of whether their PWV is normal, optimal or at risk.

According to Nokia, within seconds of stepping on the Body Cardio, users can see a holistic view of their health with accurate measures of weight, BMI, body composition (fat, muscle, water & bone mass); standing heart rate and the highly insightful PWV, a measurement that is a key indicator of cardiac health and associated with hypertension and risks of cardiovascular incidents.

Commenting on the product, Cedric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health, Nokia Technologies says: “Body Cardio is the most advanced device we have ever made. Body Cardio redefines how people use connected scales, providing them with a tool to manage their weight as well as heart health. It is like getting information from your annual physical every day.”

Nokia Technologies also disclosed that Body Cardio is packed with features to help people achieve their weight loss and maintenance goals. In addition to weight and BMI readings, Body Cardio expands on its predecessor’s body fat indicator to provide full body composition analysis.

Using a scientific technique called biometrical impedance, it computes the body’s percentage of fat, muscle, water and bone mass important information for general users as well as those tracking weight as part of athletic performance.

Describing the product design, the company says that Body Cardio is only 0.7 inches thin with a flat aluminium base, footless design and heat-tempered glass. Created for a seamless weighing experience, Body Cardio provides accuracy and stability on any surface, whether it be wood floors, tile or carpet. Body Cardio is also has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to one year between charges.

Body Cardio also contains a number of features to encourage everyday use, a proven strategy to improve weight loss. These include graphs showing the user’s weight trends over time, their step count from the previous day, and even the morning’s weather report so they can choose an outfit for the day.

Body Cardio connects to the free Withings Health Mate iOS and Android app and automatically syncs data after every use of the scale. The data helps users visualize trends over time and note how their weight impacts overall health. Within weeks, users can see how a healthy lifestyle impacts their PWV, according to Nokia.

Furthermore, with Health Mate’s in-app coaching, users can discover new ways to improve their wellbeing and heart health. They can set goals, earn rewards over time and even celebrate health milestones.

Health Mate also offers integration with over 150 partner apps to provide nutrition tracking, GPS run tracking and more to round out the user’s wellness experience. All Body Cardio data stored in the Health Mate app seamlessly integrates with the Apple Health app, says Nokia.

According to Nokia Technologies, Body Cardio is currently available exclusively at Apple stores and Withings.com for $179.95 (about N35,450).

The company says Body Cardio is part of the revamped range of smart scales, along with the newly available Body, which delivers the most accurate assessment of weight and body composition.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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