How the Apple Watch could help fight venous insufficiency
Even if you aren’t a tech nerd, chances are you had to take a look at what Apple released this week during their much anticipated keynote session. It’s not surprising that they released a revolution in technology with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. Wearable technologies hit the market sometime ago but more than ever; people are using them to increase their exercise motivation.
Leave it to Apple to release a new wearable gadget that won’t just tell the time, but also is now a comprehensive fitness tracker—“change the way we look at fitness…help us all stay fit throughout the day”.
Unlike other wearable’s, Apple offers a product that will truly evaluate your daily activity and customize goals based on data it receives. With the nimble, precise and comprehensive picture of your daily activity, you will now be able to proactively decrease your chances for venous insufficiency.
How the Apple watch can help keep things moving...
Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI is a condition that occurs when vein walls or valves in the leg are not working properly. This makes it difficult for blood to move from the legs and return to the heart, causing the blood to pool in the lower extremities.
Like any disease, CVI is most treatable in its earliest stages. The most basic treatment strategies include Avoid long periods of standing or sitting. If you must take a long trip and will be sitting for a long time, flex and extend your legs, feet, and ankles about 10 times every 30 minutes to keep the blood flowing in the leg veins. If you need to stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to sit down and elevate your feet.
With the help of the Apple Watch, you can receive an hourly reminder to stand, counteracting the ill effects of sitting all day. Sad to say, but even daily exercise isn’t enough to stave off the negative effects of remaining completely sedentary the other 11 waking hours of your day.
To combat venous insufficiency and the pooling of blood, exercise scientists have recommended moving around for 5 or 10 minutes, walking around the office every 30 minutes or standing desks and walking desks. A gentle reminder to stand for one minute every hour seems like a good place to start, thanks Apple!
The Apple Watch does not just take in “intense workouts/activity”; it monitors your entire day to meet a minimum goal. Even just a brisk walk around the office is all that it takes to keep your blood flowing as needed — and it can even be done 10 minutes at a time, notes the CDC.
We are all about improving the overall health of your body to improve continuous blood flow and combat the effects of poor blood circulation. We believe that the Apple Watch will encourage people to stand up more, sit less and reduce sedentary time—greatly impacting blood heath.
Here to stay or just a fad?
If you could have a comprehensive picture of your daily activity, establish goals and be rewarded for milestones—all the while, proactively hitting goals set forth by the CDC to maintain a healthy lifestyle, would you?
We wont really know the power, following and overall functionality until 2015 but if this is a possible solution to the obesity epidemic, encourage movement during the day and challenge people to be healthier—we cant wait for it to be released and decrease statistics related to poor blood flow and related DVT conditions.