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Watch to alert you of heart attack

Watch to alert you of heart attack

When the heart rate and oxygen level drops, Oxitone will send alerts to pre-determined locations

Heart diseases are a major cause of concern in our country. According to a report published in NDTV Food, 30 per cent of the urban population and 15 per cent of the population living in rural areas suffer from high blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks. The same report says that around 2.4 million Indians die every year due to heart attacks. This is a grim situation indeed.

The picture is not very different worldwide. That is why an Israeli entrepreneur, Leon Eisen, has come up with a device called Oxitone that can give half of all people at the risk of sudden death from heart attacks a chance to live.

He has used two optical sensors and another special high tech tool to develop the world’s first watch that can just about tell when your time may be up. According to Leon, about half the people who die from cardiac or pulmonary arrest would be alive if someone had been there to get them to the hospital in time. Oxitone has been created to be worn on the wrist to provide a heads – up to someone to get medical help on their own before it is too late.

There is a lot of technology out there – panic buttons, crocodile clips for your finger, personal monitoring devices. And yet, nothing helps if you are not able to mobilise these devices in time. Also, many people might not be able to read the signs that a cardiac arrest is imminent.

This is why Leon developed a mobile device that is like a wearable watch, synced with Bluetooth, iOS, and Android devices, and takes minute-by- minute readings of the heart rate the the level of oxygen in the blood.

Oxitone was also chosen from 400 applicants to be among 13 companies in GE Healthcare’s Start-Up Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program. This is a three- year programme that gives healthcare entrepreneurs the tools to push their product in the healthcare market.

This device takes the pinch out. It is worn on the wrist and not on the fingertip to provide continuous wireless monitoring as you walk, eat, sleep, or do any activity.

While monitoring COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a disease that prevents patients from getting enough air in their lungs, the oxygen level in your blood is a critical parameter. In fact, chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema are also accompanied by COPD, leading to shortness of breath.

Blood-oxygen levels are a critical parameter in monitoring COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which can prevent patients from getting enough air into their lungs.

Oxitone determines if you are about to suffer from cardiac arrest by following the level of oxygen in your blood. It can also help those who suffer from sleep apnea and give peace of mind to the wearer and their family.

When the heart rate and oxygen level drops, the device will send alerts to locations that will be pre – determined. You can also use it for long – term care for doctors can access records to see how a patient has fared over time.

Source: The Hindu

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