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Cardiogram app lets Apple Watch users monitor their bodies' response to infections like flu and Covid-19

By Kenny Yeo - on 20 Mar 2020, 10:16am

Cardiogram app lets Apple Watch users monitor their bodies' response to infections like flu and Covid-19

(Image source: AppleInsider)

Popular heart health app Cardiogram has just added a new feature that could be helpful in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new feature is called Sleeping BPM and it closely monitors and analyses your heart rate while you sleep. This means you have to wear your Apple Watch while you sleep.

The idea is that your heart rate can be vastly different if your body is trying to fight off an infection like flu or Covid-19.

According to the report, while you are stick your immune system releases small proteins called histamines. This causes inflammation and expansion of your blood vessels. This process sends signals to your brain to tell it to increase your heart rate and pump more blood to the inflamed regions.

This happens most clearly while you sleep, so by closely analysing your sleeping heart rate, Cardiogram can alert you if it senses something is amiss.

However, as useful as this feature may sound, it goes without saying that this should not be taken as a replacement for proper medical diagnostics and tests. There could be other reasons why your heart rate is elevated during sleep. If you are unwell, please see a doctor.

Nevertheless, it could be a helpful tool that gives more insight to your health especially amid the ongoing pandemic.

The new Sleeping BPM feature is available as a free update on the Cardiogram app, which is also free to download and use.

Source: AppleInsider