Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about some of the latest smartphone apps. In fact, a recent issue of AARP The Magazine reviewed these apps, listing their top six picks for monitoring your heart.
Five of these smart-looking apps enable you to track vital signs, such as your heart rate and blood pressure readings. Others monitor weight, sleep and activity levels, blood work results, and exercise work outs that you can share with your MD. One app even manages your prescriptions, including reminding you to take them.
What do I think of these apps? They seem like handy items as long as the consumer remembers that we don't know if Wi-Fi exposure can provoke the heart. So far, we have evidence that the radiation frequencies (RF) from cordless phones can provoke cardiac arrhythmias and even represent a new risk factor in cardiology.
So, here are my caveats for these smartphone apps:
- Use them, and other apps you have such as games—only when your phone is in “airplane mode,” so your heart is not exposed to WiFi.
- Keep that WiFi off except to download the app, and transmit the information.
- If a USB cable connection to your main computer is an option, then that is the safest way to transfer the data collected on your smart phone to your computer to print out, or to email to your healthcare provider.
- Never carry your smartphone on your body: remember that women carrying cell phones in their bras developed precancerous nodes in the rectangular shape of the device.
Now it’s your turn: Have you used these types of apps on your phone?