Cholesterol Can Be Managed By SmartCARD Accessory

Posted: Dec 23 2013, 3:56am CST | by , Updated: Dec 23 2013, 3:59am CST, in News | Technology News

 
Cholesterol can be Managed by SmartCARD Accessory
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A new method of managing and gauging your cholesterol levels has arrived on the scene. Termed the SmartCARD accessory, it will be available soon.

In the past the devices employed to measure your cholesterol levels with the passage of time, they have become more refined. Take the latest smart phone app that will be used to assess your cholesterol levels. It is still in the experimental stages and will take some tweaking before it is market-ready.

Called the SmartCARD, it is a marvelous device indeed and it runs on smart phones. The term SmartCARD stands for Smart Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics. And that is exactly what it does. Since almost everybody has a smart phone stashed away in his or her pocket, the cholesterol-counting application is very suitable indeed.

David Erickson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell, said, "Everyone already carries a smartphone, and that gives you an incredible amount of hardware and computational power in your pocket all the time," he told ABC News. "It's silly not to take advantage of it."

It works like this: a SmartCARD gadget latches on to your smart phone’s camera. Then a drop of your blood is placed on a strip and fed into the device. The camera takes a picture of the blood for analysis. The good thing about this gizmo is its handy nature.

"The real advantage of things like smartphone-based diagnostics is that it gives feedback when people want it," Erickson said. "It has all the other smartphone features built into it, like tracking cholesterol over time and being able to take notes."

However, it has its critics. One of them has mentioned the fact that cholesterol levels don’t fluctuate as rapidly as blood sugar levels. Thus you wouldn’t need the services offered by the app on a daily basis. Cholesterol levels ought to be checked only once every three months. And the device also does not differentiate between HDL and LDL which are medical terms for good and bad cholesterol respectively.

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