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What the heart knows

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What the heart knows

  1. 1. What the heart knows www.salwe.fi What can we discover about health, well-being and performance by analysing heartbeats? Part of SalWe’s Mind and Body Programme has been a study of stress, recovery and exercise, carried out by measuring over 2,000 days of heart rate information. The analysis used techniques developed by Firstbeat Technologies Ltd. According to the World Health Organisation WHO, 35 percent of the world’s adult population in 2008 was overweight. The prevalence of obesity has almost doubled since the 1980s. Of the 347 million diabetics in the world, most suffer from type 2 diabetes, which has been firmly linked to obesity. It is estimated that, by 2030, diabetes will be the seventh most common cause of death. The onset of type 2 diabetes can be delayed or entirely avoided by healthy lifestyles. In treating the problems caused by obesity, lifestyle changes are generally at least as effective as medication. Part of normal everyday routine The effect of welfare programmes was studied in SalWe’s Mind and Body Programme. The work brought together the Universities of Jyväskylä, Helsinki and Eastern Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre and the Institute of Occupational Health. The companies involved were Firstbeat Technologies plus Duodecim Publishing, Vivago, Valio and the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service. SalWe - Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in Health and Well-being
  2. 2. The aim of the study was to help people who suffer from stress and obesity to change their lifestyles and improve their quality of life. There were 318 test subjects who answered questionnaires and had their physiological capabilities measured. The study used small Firstbeat monitors that allowed heartbeats to be recorded without disrupting the subjects’ normal lives. It also took advantage Firstbeat’s innovative way of analysing heart rate and heart rate variability, which provided data on stress, recovery and exercise. Reasonable recovery from stress “We recorded the heartbeats of the test subjects for three days before their participation in psychological welfare programmes and again for three days afterwards. We then followed up with recordings half a year after the programmes had ended,” explains Tero Myllymäki, a researcher at the Psychology Department of Jyväskylä University. “The initial results show that the subjects recovered fairly well from the stress they experienced during the day. However, too many of them had forgotten about exercise, so at least one pillar of their well-being was precarious.” Benefits of multi-disciplinary studies Firstbeat Technologies is a Jyväskylä-based welfare technology company that is growing and expanding abroad. Its innovative products and monitoring techniques have already been used by a million people for analyses in the fields of sports and occupational welfare. The techniques produce precise data that can be used to support decisions about personal welfare and performance. The information also provides an incentive to change lifestyle and to make daily choices that will promote well-being. “We seek to work with researchers and experts at the forefront of the welfare sector. The multi-disciplinary projects initiated by SalWe have been a great opportunity to increase our own understanding of the factors affecting human welfare,” says Joni Kettunen, CEO of Firstbeat Technologies. “At the same time, we can make a contribution with internationally unique techniques for evaluating stress, recovery and exercise. This is what we offer researchers.” The project has been important to the company in developing its business operations. “Firstbeat is founded on the principle that its products and services are derived from research data. In the growing market for welfare technologies, scientific data gives us a competitive edge that is vital for longterm success.” More information Joni Kettunen CEO Firstbeat Technologies Oy joni.kettunen@firstbeat.fi +358 50 324 0889 Tero Myllymäki project researcher Jyväskylä University psychology department tero.myllymaki@jyu.fi +358 40 805 4513 SalWe - Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in Health and Well-being

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