Do you know that heart diseases are the number one killer across South East Asia (SEA)? Also dubbed the “silent killer”, these medical conditions have claimed around 8.5 million lives yearly, according to the World Health Organization. More alarmingly, increasingly more young people are diagnosed to be at risk –reportedly up to 39.1 percent from the 15- to 45-year old group in Indonesia, based on the latest study from the Indonesian Ministry of Health.
This trend can be largely attributed to the poor diet and sedentary modern lifestyle, compounded by harmful tobacco and alcohol use. Fortunately, the key to stopping heart diseases is general awareness, prevention, and early detection.
Heart diseases claimed 8.5 million lives annually across SEA.
Risk factors, Prevention and Early Detection
Today, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are three leading causes of heart diseases. The good news is these risks can be significantly reduced by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, combining a sensible diet with regular exercises.
High cholesterol food like butter can be consumed but in smaller quantity and less frequently. However, fast food and processed meats high in trans fats should be avoided. Exercising can strengthen your heart and relief stress. Cardio exercises such as cycling, in particular, can further lower blood pressure, and are perfect fat-burning workouts.
Moreover, with advancing technology, anyone can monitor their health condition without stepping into a clinic or hospital, conveniently and affordably with the added privacy of their own home. Here are four ways to accomplish this.
Method 1: Hypertension and Blood pressure monitors
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common condition, which generally develops over many years without any symptoms, but can lead to other complications such as heart attacks and stroke.
For early detection, you will need a blood pressure monitor. A wide selection of products are available, although the best are digital, making them fully automatic and simple to operate. Upper-arm iterations are also more accurate. A healthy blood pressure is between 80 for diastolic and 120 for systolic.
Method 2: Diabetes and Blood Glucose Monitors
While just as equally common, diabetes, on the other hand, is closely associated with high blood sugar (glucose). People with diabetes will usually experience increased thirst, hunger and urination frequency.
Anyone can measure their blood sugar level with a palm-sized blood glucose monitor. It works by using a lancet (special needle) to prick the user’s fingertip. To take a reading, a drop of blood is drawn and applied onto a test strip attached to the monitor – 70 to 140mg/dL is considered an acceptable range.
A blood glucose monitor can measure blood glucose level in seconds.
Method 3: Obesity and Body Composition Monitors
Unlike weighing machines which can be skewed by muscle mass and bone density, a body composition monitor provides a much more accurate picture by calculating body fat. Available in both stand-on and hand-held versions, these monitors can also measure metabolic rate and body mass index.
Obesity is a chronic condition, where a person has excessive body fat, resulting in an adverse effect on health. Body fat accumulates over time when a person consumed more calories than he or she burnt.
While the ideal body fat percentage is dependable of age, the acceptable range is between 18 and 24.
Method 4: Connected Health, Wearable devices, Apps
Connected Health, leveraging the Internet and mobile, is the latest technology to combat heart diseases. Through wearable devices like Omron’s Project Zero, medical practitioners can constantly monitor their patients’ health, remotely and autonomously in real time before a life-threatening condition occurs!
Just imagine a world without heart attack. Shaped like a smart watch, our Project Zero wearable blood pressure monitor is able to connect wirelessly to a smartphone, upload and share measurements with a caretaker or doctor, through the Omron wellness application (app).
There are other handy heart disease-related apps on the market. JBS 3 Risk Calculator, for instance, lets users input data to determine their probability of having a heart attack and stroke. Stress Check Pro, on the other hand, utilizes smartphone’s camera to measure and pre-empt abnormal heart rates.
Omron Project Zero
Omron is committed to saving lives
One of our goals at Omron is to promote the prevention of lifestyle-related health issues, such as heart diseases. To achieve this vision, we have been developing an ecosystem of advanced home healthcare products. Besides all the monitoring devices mentioned above, Omron is also a major manufacturer of thermometers, nebulizers and pulse massagers for the mass market.
On the educational front, we also collaborate closely with non-governmental organizations to generate public awareness of health concerns and risks. Omron and Yayasan Jantung Indonesia (Indonesia Heart Foundation) have recently extended a memorandum of understanding to raise awareness on the prevention of heart diseases throughout the Indonesian archipelago.