Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

A 'heart age' calculator and a device that detects cardiovascular disease from eye scans.

  • 16 april 2014

Each week with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a ‘heart age’ calculator and a device that detectz cardiovascular disease from eye scans. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s FacebookTwitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.


Study Finds Smartphone Apps Can Reduce Cardiac Readmissions By 40 Percent
The Mayo Clinic has found that incorporating a smartphone app into cardiac rehabilitation can reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions by 40 percent. the Mayo Clinic designed an online and smartphone-based program for patients recovering from stent placement for a heart attack, with 25 participants using the application and a control group of 19 had regular cardiac rehabilitation without the app. The app was designed to track patient vital signs and provide educational content on how to stay healthy. Around 60 percent of the control group was either readmitted to the hospital or admitted to an emergency room within 90 days. In the group that used the app, that number was just over 20 percent.


Heart Age Calculator Helps Users Get A Sense Of Their Cardiovascular Wellness
A new online calculator developed by the Joint British Societies has been developed to let people get a better understanding of their potential risk for a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack. The heart calculator takes a number of lifestyle variables into account, and comes up with a true ‘heart age,’ much in the way that one’s overall chronological age may be older or younger than biological age. The calculator is mainly for primary care physicians, but an app will soon follow for the general public to punch in their own variables.


Map Of Daily Heartbeats Provides A Countdown Of One Artist’s Life
Created by data scientist Jen Lowe, One Human Heartbeat is an experiment that visualizes Lowe’s pulsating heartbeat. Using the Basis watch to track her pulse, Lowe has created a live stream of her beating heart for all of the Internet to see, and even points out how many more days she is expected to live. has been measuring her heartbeat for over a month now and has revealed that based on the information provided, statistics show she has about 16452 days left to live.While the watch, as Lowe explains, “fails to record any heart rate” for an estimated 17.5% of the time, but it is still able to provide an account of her average heartrate per minute.


Eye Visualization Analytics Tool Can Detect Risk For Cardiovascular Disease
A team of Spanish researchers recently announced the development of a highly automated eye visualization system that detects highly nuanced characteristics within the eye and helps determine cardiovascular disease risk based on this data. The system measures the width of vessels within the eye and the angles at which they branch out. Using pulse wave transit time technology, real-time velocity of blood flowing through the vessels is detected. The data is then analyzed using specialty software and results obtained, hopefully without a professional ophthalmologist’s assistance.


Researchers Build An Artificial Heart With 3D Printed Organic Scaffold
Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute For Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have successfully demonstrated the ability to 3D print a heart using organic nanotubes. By utilizing 3D printing technology, researchers have the opportunity to very precisely combine cells and materials into the desired shape. The replacement tissue or organ can be designed on a computer using a patient’s medical scans. The computer then controls the printer as it precisely prints the desired shape and determines cell placement. The printers used also give the option of using two or more different cell types and placing them exactly where they need to be — something not possible by hand.

PSFK has partnered with  Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s FacebookTwitter and Pinterest pages, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.


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