Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Activity tracker uses heart rate to personalise amount of exercise needed to prevent death

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 agosto 2016

cardiology congress-2016cardiologyRome, Italy – 27 Aug 2016 Fiera di Roma (Ingresso Nord, Via Portuense 1645/1647): A novel activity tracker has been developed that uses heart rate data to personalise the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The science behind the tracker is presented for the first time today at ESC Congress 2016.1 “The health benefits of regular exercise are well established, but individuals do not know how much they need to prevent cardiovascular disease and premature death,” said lead author Dr Javaid Nauman, a researcher in the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG), Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.ESC guidelines recommend adults do 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly, or a combination of intensities to achieve the same energy expenditure.2 But each year lack of exercise contributes to more than five million deaths globally and over €80 billion in healthcare spend across Europe.“People may be insufficiently active because they do not have personalised, meaningful information about how much physical activity they require, and at what intensity,” said Dr Nauman. Heart rate is the single-most accurate reflection of the body’s response to activity. The current study describes the science behind Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI), the first activity tracking score that uses heart rate to help people achieve optimal health.PAI translates heart rate data from any physical activity (i.e. walking, swimming, dancing, cycling) and personal information (age, gender, resting and maximum heart rate) into one simple score. “The goal is to keep your PAI score above 100 over a seven-day rolling window to protect yourself from premature death related to heart disease,” said Dr Nauman.

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