Heart Rate Variability and the Digital Health Revolution Ronda Collier, SweetWater Health Voices 2015 www.globaltechwomen.com Thu March 12 13:00 PST Thu March 12 16:00 EST Thu March 12 20:00 UTC Fri March 13 1:30 IST Fri March 13 7:00 Sydney Session Length: 1 Hour According to leading medical institutions such as Stanford, Harvard and the Mayo Clinic, stress is responsible for more than 90% all disease. Most people are stressed to some degree and many are not aware of it. This may be due to the fact that the brain is a giant filter and pattern matcher. When a condition becomes familiar the brain filters it out, even if it is not good for you. HRV is the latest buzz word in the digital health revolution. It provides an objective measure of the stress or “fight or flight” response in your nervous system, and insight into situations, thoughts and behaviors that cause stress. In addition, it is a measure of systemic health and is an early indicator for heart disease and hypertension. Legacy HRV measurement systems were expensive, bulky and did not provide meaningful feedback for the general population. Thanks to mobile platforms such as smart phones and tablets, HRV is available to the consumer, providing an accurate and easy way to measure and manage the weak link in the chain, also known as stress.