News: MOCACARE Expands Heart Health Portfolio with MOCACuff, a State-of-the-Art Blood Pressure Cuff Worn on the Cuff

MOCACuff and the MOCACARE App Deliver Results and Advice Loosening the Grip of Hypertension

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November 21, 2016 – Palo Alto, C.A.—MOCACARE (www.mocacare.com), a Silicon Valley based company at the heart of the connected health movement has today expanded its range of advanced, yet super simple, cardiovascular monitoring devices with the launch of MOCACuff, a sleek FDA-approved wireless blood pressure monitor that fits comfortably on the wrist. Priced at $69.99, MOCACuff is designed with style and comfort in mind – avoiding the problems of bulky and difficult to place traditional cuffs worn on the upper arm. Without sacrificing accuracy, MOCACuff makes it easy to incorporate blood pressure monitoring into your everyday routine and receive instant, actionable insights to improve your health.

MOCACuff is the second product in the MOCACARE line. It joins the highly acclaimed MOCAheart device that uses thumb scans to measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and pulse wave velocity – a measurement of arterial stiffness that is correlated to blood pressure and widely recognized as one of the best indicators of overall cardiovascular health.

Worn on the Cuff

The beautifully designed MOCACuff allows those looking to proactively monitor or improve existing cardiovascular conditions with a smaller, easier alternative to bulky arm cuffs. Worn on the wrist, it is a suitable option for those who find current cuffs on the upper arm uncomfortable or ill fitting – one of

the most common problems associated with inaccurate or failed readings. Once on, the wrist is brought to heart level and a reading is ready to be performed at the touch-of-a-button. After each reading, the MOCACuff screen displays pulse rate, systolic and diastolic measurements, and a color-coded indicator that corresponds to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) blood pressure categories, allowing users to see where their health stands.

Heart of the Matter

The MOCACARE App is now the first to combine Pulse Wave Velocity and Blood Pressure to manage heart health. Both MOCACuff and MOCAheart devices connect to the MOCACARE App (Android and iOS compatible) to provide an even more intuitive and insightful heart health monitoring experience for users on their smartphone. MOCACuff sets itself apart from other devices by helping users visualize their goals and track progress through the App. In addition, it provides consumers with expertly-curated, personalized health recommendations, which are in accordance with guidelines from the American Heart Association, to achieve their goals. The MOCACARE App also provides customizable data viewing options; either by displaying results as visual trends or alternatively in a list format.

  • Features of the MOCACARE App include:
  • Easy sync – With a single tap of a button, your measurement history is synced wirelessly to your smartphone — helping you organize your health data, track and improve your health trends, and achieve your health goals.
  • Heart healthy lifestyle tips – After each measurement, receive actionable insights and tips to improve your heart health. Based on guidelines from the American Heart Association, these tips empower you to take better care of your health.
  • Visualize goals and track progress – Making lifestyle changes? See how your health indicators are improving over time.
  • Share your results – Get support and motivation from your own cheer squad. The HIPAA compliant chat platform makes sharing health data with doctors and loved ones effortless.
  • Multiple users – Allow friends/family to try MOCA devices without disturbing your health trends by removing irregular readings from your measurement history, or create new profiles for other family members.

“At MOCACARE, we’re driven by a goal to simplify heart health monitoring and to make caring for your health an easy, intuitive and reliable experience,” said Naama Stauber, co-founder and COO of MOCACARE. “Like MOCAheart before it, MOCACuff is specifically designed to be as simple as possible for everyone to monitor his or her cardiovascular health. Whether you’re viewing your measurements right away or comparing your results over time, consumers can now take back control of their health without missing a beat.”

Availability

MOCACuff is available at www.mocacare.com and is priced at $69.99. Its full range of features include:

  • Monitors heart rate and systolic and diastolic measurement
  • Display: Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Cuff size: 5.3~7.7 inches (135~195mm), depending on wrist size
  • Cuff weight: 128 +/- 10g
  • Unit Dimension (including case): 2.91 x 2.93 x 1.59 inches
  • Battery Life: DC 3 V, AAA Alkaline Battery x2, Approx. 250 measurements
  • Compatibility: Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0), iOS 8+, Android 4.0.3+
  • Supported by the dedicated Android and iOS MOCACARE App
  • FDA-approved and CE certified

For further information visit www.mocacare.com

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

7 Great Gifts for Health and Wellness

When looking for gifts for loved ones it is always rewarding if the gift is something they enjoy that at the same time improves their overall health and wellness. We have found a variety of great gifts ideas that help the user work on improving their health and wellness. Some are for the more serious athlete, others are for those who want to decrease stress, or increase their overall activity level without wearing a traditional looking fitness tracker. There are also gifts for those who suffer from Blood Pressure problems or nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy or other causes. We hope you and your loved ones have a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017 and that some of these gifts help with that.

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Muse Brain-Sensing Meditation Headband

muse-sort-nyt-logo-1-4 The Muse Brain-Sensing Meditation Headband is a great gift for anyone who wants to decrease their stress level. It acts as a personal meditation coach and is used in conjunction with the Muse app on your phone plus your own headphones. Muse fits comfortably across your forehead and behind your ears and measures your brain signals. Once Muse is in place it checks for proper fit and takes a baseline reading. The app then guides you through a series of meditation exercises. Whilst you meditate you listen to different soundscapes and the soundscapes respond to your brainwaves. For instance in the beach soundscape when you are calm and focussed you hear gently rolling waves and even birds singing, as your mind wanders the ocean becomes stormy and the waves crash louder. Unlike many other stress reduction devices, you don’t need to look at the screen whilst you are meditating, you can close your eyes and relax. I find the changing soundscape a much less intrusive way of reminding me to refocus than seeing changes on a screen or hearing a voice prompt. The sessions start short at 3 minutes, and you are encouraged to increase your time meditating as it becomes a habit. You can review your meditation settings and set reminders to help meditation become a regular routine.  I have found it a great tool to help me to meditate and I’m always much more relaxed after a Muse session. Available from Target, Amazon and other retailers for US$179.99

Spire- Mindfulness and Activity  Tracker

kubik-160425-spire_0973_side_table_2_final-2-1Spire is a tracker that not only looks and feels different from your standard activity tracker, it also has a different focus. Spire looks and feels like a well worn pebble and it monitors not only your steps but also your breathing.  The battery lasts for up to a week and it charges via a beautiful cork and metal induction charger, that can also acts as a USB charger for your phone. Spire’s focus is on measuring your breathing -your state of mind affects how you breathe, but how you breathe can also change your state of mind.  The Spire app includes focussed mini-meditation sessions. During the day Spire senses when you are becoming stressed and sends real-time notifications to remind you to take a deep breath or suggest ways to calm down. At the end of the day you can see what periods of calm, focus and tension you have had. Spire aims to improve your health by making you mindful of your breathing patterns and encouraging slow, deep breathing. Studies have shown that slow, deep and consistent breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase the flow of endorphins in the blood stream. Available from Spire.ioAmazon and Apple Stores for US$99.99

Jabra Sports Pulse Special Edition Bluetooth Headphones with HR Monitoring

pulse_close-up-product-in-ear Music always makes it easier to work out. When you are actively training a good set of wireless Bluetooth headphones that will stay in place however hard you work is a must. The Jabra Sports Pulse special edition headphones  include 4 pairs of ear wings and 6 different pairs of EarGels (3 sizes of foam and 3 of silicon) to find your perfect fit. As well as providing great sound and a secure fit they also help you to fine tune your workout by measuring your Heart Rate. To get the most from the headphones use them with Jabra’s Sport Life™ app. With the app you can set personal goals based on distance, time, or calories burned. You can select a target pace or heart rate zone and even set up interval training. The app will keep you updated with audio coaching. You can also use the headphones and app to do 3 fitness tests: The Rockport Test- designed to measure your VO2 max level, The Orthostatic Heart Rate Test and The Resting Heart Rate Test.
They connect via Bluetooth and charge via USB with up to 5 hours battery life. Available from Jabra.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP  US$159.99

 

ReliefBand

home-reliefband ReliefBand was originally created as a single use device for chemotherapy patients, over time others learned of it and it became popular with boaters and in hospitals for other types of treatments.  I have always had nausea when flying or boating – it’s a fact of life for me.  I recently flew and I’m happy to say that with my ReliefBand I had no nausea and flew very comfortably.  You simply put on some gel similar to ultrasound gel on your wrist, put on the ReliefBand and then activate it so you can feel the pulse.  It begins to take effect in moments.  It is FDA cleared and endorsed by the medical profession for conditions related to nausea and vomiting including morning sickness and chemotherapy.  Read our full review. Available from  Relief Band’s website, West Marine, and Amazon.

 

Withings Wireless BP Monitor

Withings-WirelessBPM-Main-iOS-ENThe Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor  is a device designed to make it easier to measure, record and share blood pressure (BP) readings at home. It is incredibly easy to set up and use, . It charges via an included USB cable, and once charged it is totally wireless. It is used in conjunction with the Withings Health Mate app and gives immediate feedback on whether or not your reading is in the optimal range. The monitior automatically tracks measurements over time, sends reminders to take your BP, and makes it easy to share results with your doctor.  If  loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great gift to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless. Read our full review. Available from Withings.com, Amazonand other retailers RRP $129.95  (at time of press only $73 on Amazon)

 

Timex IQ+MOVE Women’s Gift Set

 

image004The IQ Move series is new from Timex this year. They are a series of analog watches with built-in activity trackers that are available in womens and mens styles. The Taupe/Turquoise womens gift set includes a taupe leather strap and an interchangeable turquoise silicon strap. It has a 36mm dial with INDIGLO® Night-Light and is water-resistant to 50M. It uses Bluetooth to synch with the Timex Connected app (compatible with iOS and Android). You can check your progress to goal in the app or with a quick glance at the sub-dial on the watch face. It also measures periods of deep and light sleep, as well as time awake, sleep efficiency percentage and average length of sleep. The IQ+ Move uses a traditional watch battery, so no charging is required. Available from BestBuy.com , Best Buy stores and  Timex.com  for US$149

 

Amazfit Ceramic Activity Tracker

silver_infinity_necklaceFor the woman (or man) who wants to track their activity but doesn’t like the look of traditional activity trackers the Amazfit Ceramic Activity Tracker is an elegant alternative. It is a smooth, shiny glazed ceramic disc inspired by the traditional Chinese jade pendant. It comes in white or black and can be worn in a variety of ways. My favorite way to wear it is with the optional Silver Infinity Necklace . I love how smooth the tracker is to the touch. As all the electronics are hidden inside it looks just like a fashion statement rather than an activity tracker. The tracker charges via an included induction charger and you can choose from a variety of fashionable wrist straps for times when you are actively working out and prefer to wear it on your wrist. It works with a smartphone app, it will track steps and also tracks sleep when worn on the wrist.  Available from Amazon and other retailers currently $55.99 for tracker charger and wristband, necklace $16.99

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Review of the Thermo WiFi Connected Temporal Artery Thermometer from Withings



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Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Our Rating

 

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Ask any parent of a sick child – the last thing they want to do when a sick child finally falls asleep is to wake them up, but if they are running a fever monitoring their temperature is vital, so finding a way to check their temperature without waking them is important. When my oldest son was a baby I was faced with this dilemma, and my solution was to buy a temporal artery thermometer, they were pretty new on the market then so it was an unusual choice, but a turned out to be a great decision. I was able to easily check my son’s temperature any time of the day or night without waking him and it was much simpler to use than the ear thermometers. We had to replace that thermometer after several years but almost 13 years later the temporal artery thermometer is now used in most pediatrician’s offices I visit, and is still my preferred way to measure my kids’ temperatures. The temporal artery thermometer I bought 13 years ago is still the most popular one in the stores, so it definitely prime for an update.

With the new Thermo Withings have taken the tried and true technology of the temporal artery thermometer and brought it up to date by linking it with a detailed and informative app. I recently had the opportunity to test out the Thermo and was interested to see how it performed.Thermo with App

Why Use a Temporal Artery Thermometer?

It is quick, easy, accurate and non-invasive.
The temporal artery connects to the heart via the carotid artery and gives an accurate assessment of the temperature inside the heart and thus the core body temperature. The temporal artery comes close to the skin at the forehead and the temperature is measured via infrared using a quick swipe across the forehead.

Set Up

Before you use Thermo for the first time you need to install the free Withings Thermo app, and follow the on screen instructions to set up your Thermo. I’d recommend doing this  when you first get your Thermo so it’s all set up and ready to go when you need it. If you already have a Withings account it will import your profiles from that but you can also add additional users from within the app, this way all family members have their own health record.

In Use

To scan you simply place the Thermo in the center of the forehead, press the button and swipe gently across the forehead towards the hairline. It beeps once and lights flash to tell you it is starting scanning and twice when the reading is complete and the temperature displays on Thermo. The whole thing takes literally 2-3 seconds. The thermometer measures the temperature using infrared so you don’t even need to touch the skin. Thermo is about half the size and weight of my traditional temporal artery thermometer and both take reading in a few seconds.

It is recommended to scan 3 times and use the highest temperature reading. I found that most of my readings were within 0.1°F -0.2°F  of each other, and by taking 3 readings I could easily see if any readings were out of touch with the others.

After you have taken the readings Thermo sends the results to your phone and you can then allocate the readings to a particular person, or discard them.

The App

I love temporal artery thermometers for their speed, accuracy and ease of use but where Thermo stands out from other temporal artery thermometers is in the extra value the app brings. With the app you don’t need to remember what your child’s temperature was yesterday or 2hrs ago, thermo will do that for you. It creates a record that you can easily look back at to see how your child’s temperature has changed over time. It also allows you to make notes each time you take the temperature, plus record the child’s symptoms and any medication given, you can even add pictures. This is useful not only for seeing trends yourself, but also when more than 1 person is caring for a sick child. You don’t have to remember to ask your spouse when your child last had medicine or ask what symptoms the child had whilst you were at work. It is also very useful when visiting the doctor to be able share a record of the child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication over the course of their illness.

The app also red flags elevated temperatures and gives advice on medication dosages based on the child’s weight and age for common over the counter medications such as Tylenol. It also gives advice on when you should call a doctor with different advice depending on the age of the child for instance any fever of 100.4F (or above) in a 0-3 month old is an emergency whereas that same temperature in a 5 year old would be considered a mild fever. It also gives advice on symptoms that are serious enough to warrant calling the doctor even if no fever is present.

Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Available from Withings.com, Apple Stores and other retailers RRP $99.95

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Category: Health & Fitness, Medical
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Size: 92.74 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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What we love…

Very quick and easy to use, immediate feedback on whether or not your reading is in the optimal range, automatically tracks measurements over time, reminders, easy to share results with your doctor

Summary

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

Our Rating

 

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February is American Heart Health month, which spotlights the major health problems that heart disease causes, and encourages Americans to focus on improving their cardiovascular health. The CDC estimates approximately 70 million Americans  (29%) suffer from hypertension and a similar number have pre-hypertension (blood pressure that is above normal but not yet in the high blood pressure range.) For those suffering from hypertension and pre-hypertension, or at risk for it, regular blood pressure monitoring is important. Getting into the doctors office for frequent blood pressure checks often isn’t practical, so home blood pressure monitoring can be a better alternative. This month we tested out the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor , which is a device designed to make it easier to measure, record and share blood pressure (BP) readings at home.

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I’m lucky enough that I don’t currently have any blood pressure issues, but I do have a family member who is in the pre-hypertensive range and needs to  monitor his blood pressure regularly. We have had a blood pressure monitor at home for several years because of this, but it spends most of the time gathering dust as he finds it cumbersome to use and as a result he rarely uses it. During American Heart Health Month we have been both measuring our BP regularly using the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor.

Previous BP Monitor on Left with separate cuff, tubing, monitor and charger vs Withing Wireless BP Monitor on Right

Our previous BP Monitor on Left with separate cuff, tubing, monitor and charger vs Withing Wireless BP Monitor on Right

 

In Use

I found the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor incredibly easy to set up and use. It is used in conjunction with the Withings Health Mate app on your iOS or Android Smartphone or tablet.Within the Health Mate App you can create multiple user accounts, so that you can view all your family’s data in one place. You can also log in to your Health Mate account from multiple devices.

The BP monitor charges via an included USB cable, and once charged it is totally wireless.  The battery life is good, after taking approximately 30 readings my battery still has lots of life left.

To use it: just switch the monitor on by tapping a button, and it will ask to connect to your phone/ tablet via Bluetooth. Once you have connected it the first time it will connect automatically in future, if you have Bluetooth switched on.

Once the BP monitor connects via Bluetooth all the instructions appear on the screen step by step:

1. Rest 5 min, then wrap the arm band around your left arm with the metal tube against your inner arm, about 2cm above your elbow.

2. Stay still during the measurement, sit up straight in a chair, feet flat on the floor, don’t cross your legs.

3. Arm relaxed and resting at heart level e.g. on a table.

4. Press “Start” in the app. (Before doing this you can also switch profiles if you need to.)

Once you press start, the cuff automatically inflates and slowly deflates as it makes the measurement.

Once the measurement is complete the app displays your Systolic BP, Diastolic BP and heart rate. A color coded dot appears next to the BP reading to let you know at a glance if the readings are normal or not. You can set the monitor to take multiple readings automatically and you can also set a reminder so you get a daily notification to remind you to take your blood pressure at your preferred time.

From the Withings Healthmate app you can see your daily activity from all your Withings devices in one place- if you have a Withings Activite Pop your sleep and activity data will appear alongside your BP and Heart rate from the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. By tapping on the BP reading you can view a graph of your BP and heart rate readings over time. You can also view this data in table form.

If you are under medical care it is also important to be able to easily share your results with your doctor, this is very easy to do. When looking at your BP and Heart Rate data you can choose to share your data via email and can even set up for your readings to be emailed automatically once a day, week or month.

Obviously if you see abnormal readings it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. If want extra help interpreting your results Withings also offers Hy-Result an advanced advisory service as an in-app purchase for $4.99.

I was very impressed with how easy it is to take your Blood Pressure using the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. Applying the cuff is very simple and the whole system is built in to the cuff and its attached metal tube, there are no tubes, wires or additional accessories. You literally just switch on the monitor, put the cuff around your arm and follow the on screen instructions to make sure you are in a good position for measuring, and press start. It couldn’t be easier! It is so much simpler than the home Blood Pressure Monitor we used previously, that this one actually gets used instead of sitting gathering dust!

I love that you can set reminders to do your measurement, that you immediately know whether or not your reading is in the optimal range and that it automatically tracks your measurements over time. The ability to easily share results with your doctor is also a great feature. With the ability to add multiple family members within your Withings Health Mate account it also means you can use it to make sure family members are taking care of their heart health too. Whether it is checking on a parent who lives elsewhere, or a spouse when you are away from home, you can check that they are remembering to measure their BP and that it staying in their normal range, which is great for peace of mind.

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is available from Withings.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $129.95


NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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