The Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.

Why do people take magnesium?

Experts say that many people in the U.S. aren’t eating enough foods with magnesium. Adults who consume less than Continue reading

Study finds those Adults with High Blood Levels of Omega-3 less likely to Develop Irregular Heartbeat.

Older adults who had the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in fish, were 30 percent less likely to later develop an irregular heartbeat than peers with the lowest blood levels of omega-3s, according to a US study.

Up to nine percent of US residents will develop atrial fibrillation by the time they reach their 80s, according to some estimates. The heart rhythm abnormality can lead to stroke and heart failure.

There are few treatments for the condition and they largely center on preventing strokes with blood-thinning drugs.

“A 30 percent lower risk of the most common chronic arrhythmia in the United States population Continue reading

Hold the Phone for Vital Signs

WPI researchers turn a smart phone into a medical monitor.

An iPhone app that measures the user’s heart rate is not only a popular feature with consumers, but it sparked an idea for a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researcher who is now turning smart phones, and eventually tablet devices, into sophisticated medical monitors able to capture and transmit vital physiological data.

A team led by Ki Chon, professor and head of biomedical engineering at WPI, has developed a smart phone application that can measure not only heart rate, but also heart rhythm, respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation Continue reading