Recognized by the medical community as a comprehensive indicator for assessing an individual’s cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity (VOP) is the rate at which vibrations generated by heartbeat are propagated along the body. artery aorta and arterial tree. High VOP indicates a risk of high blood pressure and / or stiff arteries. Regular control of blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol levels and an improvement in the daily hygiene of your life (weight loss, exercise, salt intake, etc.) can help lower your VOP on the long term.
Launched in 2016, Body Cardio introduces for the first time the measurement of pulse wave velocity, previously reserved for hospitals, on a connected scale – to allow everyone to follow the impact of their lifestyle on his cardiovascular health, simply by weighing himself on a daily basis. Body Cardio calculates the VOP from the age of the user and the time it takes for the pulse wave to go from the aorta in the heart to the blood vessels in the feet. This technology was developed by Withings teams in partnership with Professor Boutouyrie, cardiologist and researcher at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital.
In January 2018 the brand voluntarily chooses to suspend Body Cardio’s VOP in order to clarify regulatory issues related to this feature. After examination by the competent authorities and an audit conducted by Withings, it appears that no additional regulatory need is required today for the return of the VOP on Body Cardio scales in Europe which is not classified as “medical device” “.
As a reminder, Withings Body Cardio provides users with comprehensive data on their daily health. At each weigh-in is a whole range of information that the user receives to better evaluate his health. Thanks to bio-impedance, Body Cardio analyzes the body composition (fat, muscle, water and bone) and calculates the BMI of the user. It also measures the heart rate and since today again the pulse wave speed.