ForaCare has recently released the new FORA® SpO2 device—a simpler, more cost-effective solution to monitor pulse oxygen overnight in the comfort of a person’s home—which can help physicians diagnose health complications such as sleep apnea.
Patients can place the FORA SpO2 device on a finger to perform a sleep test in their home, continuously measuring pulse oxygen and beats per minute. Since the device is small, lightweight and easy to use, it’s easier to track sleep trends over multiple evenings to see if results improve or worsen.
The device connects to the iFORA O2 smartphone app via Bluetooth and is able to provide various reports based on the data captured including a sleep report and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) analysis.
The HRV analysis will test a person’s autonomous nervous system, which brings insight into their physical and mental state in just three or five minutes. A higher HRV is associated with a healthy person in a more relaxed mental state while a lower HRV indicates excessive stress or fatigue, sleep disorders, physical illness, and disease risk.
HRV results could even help physicians diagnose potential health problems including hyperthyroidism, hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, and depression.
Additionally, the breath frequency feature in the iFORA O2 app allows users to practice breathing techniques: 10 minutes of morning exercises can improve physical and mental state throughout the day and 10 minutes in the evening can improve quality of sleep.
Breathing exercises can also help improve snoring, anxiety and stress, asthma, nasal congestion, high blood pressure and more.