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

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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