Let's face it the way we keep track of our health these days is kinda like driving a car whose dash board only works one hour a year.
That is literally the model of the annual check up.
Even Star Trek saw a better way over 50 years ago.
Pervasive comprehensive monitoring of what's really going on with you right now, we're on the cusp of that.
The Omron Heart Guide.
This is the FDA's first.
Approved blood pressure machine that fits around wrist.
It's in its final FDA approval phase right now, going to market end of 2018.
No prescription, by the way.
Now new blood pressure guidelines issued in early 2018 now mean that 46% of Americans now have high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association.
That's up form 32% under the old, decades-old standard.
The maladies high blood pressure leads to are almost too numerous to count, but they don't call it the silent killer just to be dramatic.
That should tell you something.
Now, if you think you're good, think again.
Major studies have found that 18 to over 30% of us Have what's called white coat hypertension.
In other words, we only exhibit high blood pressure in the doctor's office.
But up to another 10% of us have masked hypertension.
We don't exhibit hypertension in the clinic, but we do have it most of the rest of the time.
Only constant monitoring Can suss these two out.
Now let's turn to a little bit of sugar.
The Dexcom G6 is the latest of continuous glucose monitors, knowing what your blood sugar levels are all the time.
You wear it for ten days at a time and simply swipe your smart phone or a small dedicated reader over the thing to check or record the glucose momentarily To build a history or to alert family, friends or clinicians about a crisis level you might be in.
The Metronic Guardian Connect and the Abbot FreeStyle Libre round out this hot category and all are aimed at the idea that non-diabetics will one day wear something like this to avoid becoming Type-2 diabetics.
Now, check out the Alive Core cardio band, a band for an Apple watch, but it's actually a wrist worn electrocardiogram machine.
It's specifically designed to detect atrial fibrillation, that's when your heart kinda flutters Instead of beating smoothly, and it's a key contributor to the future risk of stroke.
This band is said to about 87% accurate at detecting AFib.
And like other products we've looked at, it's FDA-cleared.
Alivecor and Omron, who we just saw Work together their products can already create a single channel of information about your heart health for you or the clinician who would like to see it when something is outside the realm of normal.
The last healthy heart take I'm gonna show you today is one that is the most perspective in futuristic and yet You probably already have the devices you need to do it.
A ground-breaking study conducted at Mayo Clinic, found the first evidence that your voice may be an accurate indicator of whether you have coronary artery disease.
81 total features of voice were measured.
After patient spoke to a recording app using technology from a vocal biomarker company called Beyond Verbal.
Upon further confirmation, this study could open the door to you monitoring your circulatory system.
By just talking.
Where does this all go next?
First, these devices need to give us answers not just information.
And answers that motivate rather than overwhelm or discourage us.
Secondly, it'd be great to have a single dashboard of our health from many sensors, hopefully without us having to wear many devices.
Third, make these technologies over the counter so we can wear them long before we supposedly need them.
This does however set up some tension between devices, it keep us well and pharmaceuticals it picks up when we're not.
And fourth, recognize that everything is a health signal.
From your smart home devices to your social graph.
We need to learn how to read those and integrate them with traditional medical indication To unlock the keys to truly personalized health for the first time.