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Two new heart health tools are coming to Oura.

Oura, a business that makes smart rings, announced on Friday that two new heart-healthy features are coming soon. The first function aims to assist individuals in determining the age of their hearts, while the second function gauges their heart power. Based on their findings, Oura will give people tips on how to sleep, move, and relax better.

People shouldn’t use the new features instead of real healthcare and regular check-ups with a doctor. If they are worried about something, they should see a doctor for a real evaluation. According to Oura, the Oura Ring is not a medical gadget and is not intended to detect, treat, fix, track, or stop any type of disease or medical condition.

Users can find out how their “cardiovascular age” compares to their “real age” with the new “Cardiovascular Age” tool. The goal is to help them figure out what behaviors might make them live longer. For example, if a user’s circulatory age is higher than their real age, they may see a message that says, “Your cardiovascular age is currently higher than your real age.” Rest assured, numerous factors could contribute to this issue. “Moving around is one of the best cures.” Without a doubt, you should also talk to a doctor.

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The Oura app will show a person’s cardiovascular age after at least two weeks of use. This will tell them if their rising age is below, above, or the same as their calendar age. A real doctor should review the data once more.

The company said in a news statement, “Oura measures cardiovascular age by looking at age-related details in a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal, which contains details about estimated arterial stiffness and pulse wave velocity (PWV).” 

We use estimates of VO2 Max to calculate “Cardio Capacity.” VO2 Max is a measure of how much oxygen a person can use at their peak during hard activity. In other words, a person’s circulatory system is more likely to be healthy throughout their lives if they improve their cardiac ability. 

Oura says that by adding this function, it wants to change VO2 Max from a sports number to a measure of longevity. Oura says that VO2 Max tells you how well your heart, lungs, blood vessels, muscles, and nervous system all work together.

Before they can use this function, our members will be required to walk for a specific amount of time. This will establish a standard VO2 Max, which will subsequently translate into cardio capacity.

Dr. Shyamal Patel, the senior vice president of science at Oura, said in a press release, “We have worked closely with board-certified cardiologists, scientists at research institutions such as the Kuopio Research Institute of Exercise Medicine (KULTU) and the University of California, Los Angeles, and URA’s medical advisory board to make sure that our science and algorithms give accurate results to URA’s diverse membership.”

Oura explains that the two new features aim to holistically approach health and assist individuals in comprehending the interconnectedness of all body parts. For example, a person’s circulatory age and ability can affect more than one organ system. 

We will release our cardiovascular age and capacity later this month. They will work on Oura Ring Gen3 devices running Android and iOS.

Juliet P.
Author: Juliet P.

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