Wearable devices may encourage enough exercise to prevent afib

Getting the recommended amount of physical activity appears to lower the risk of atrial fibrillation (afib), a heart rhythm disorder that raises the risk of stroke.

The report relied on data from the UK Biobank, a long-term study that enrolled more than 500,000 people from 2006 to 2010. From 2013 to 2015, nearly 94,000 of the participants wore wearable devices that tracked their movement for a week. Researchers then compared that data with afib diagnoses reported to the Biobank from 2013 to 2020. People who followed advice to get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week — as measured by the devices — had substantially lower risks of both afib and stroke.

By contrast, self-reported accounts of physical activity were not linked to a lower risk of afib or stroke. And the correlation between the amount of physical activity reported by the participants and what the devices measured was weak. According to the researchers, wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness bands may help people achieve the right amount of exercise to lower their afib risk. The study appeared May 25, 2021, in the European Heart Journal.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

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