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Your Car as Your Doctor

Your Car as Your Doctor | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Ford is developing a car seat capable of monitoring drivers’ ECG to provide real-time health information and alerts of imminent cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack or arrhythmias.

My comment=> The technology is evolving rapidly.  How this will compete with or integrate with mobile devices and wearable monitoring devices remains to be seen.  The auto industry has had reasonable commercial success integrateing technology for entertainement purposes and also new safety technologies.  This health monitoring approach seems like a commercial gimmick, but might help sell cars.  i can envision the marketing of the speeding car with tachometer and heart rate monitor displayed side by side.

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Why do Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient's not take their medications?

Why do Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient's not take their medications? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Key Takeaways:

Medications in CHF have been shown to reduce death and hospitalization rates.

Not reliably taking medications (nonadherence) rates are high. The factors predicting nonadherence remain unclear.  These authors identified 3 factors that more than doubled the likelihood of patients not "staying with the program"

1.  lapses in attention OR = 2.65

2.  excessive daytime sleepiness OR = 2.51

3.  Two or more medication dosings daily OR= 2.59

 

Adherence averaged about 84%, dosing adherence averaged 77%, and timing adherence averaged 63%.

Several factors anticipated to predict adherence were not significant predictors. Practical support for self-care, income, cost of medications, minor depression were all not predictors of adherence. The most likely reason for the difference between these results and past reports might be that most prior studies measured adherence using self-reportong.

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Stress has less effect on high-ranking baboons—and British civil servants

Stress has less effect on high-ranking baboons—and British civil servants | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home message:  Patients ask me every day about stress and health.  The amount of stress is not correlated to health outcomes; the response to stress is what matters.  From a very practical standpoint stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors: smoking, alcohol, eating, disrupted sleep. Controlling stress may be the key.  The alpha male in the baboon troop can control stress by choosing when to fight. Humans can control this by intentionally taking a break: day off, vacation, meditation, recreational diversions like walking or hobbies.  It matters.

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