Withings body heart smart scale can now measure your vascular age by giving you an idea of the health of your arteries and heart. A firmware update is currently underway to make it easier to monitor your cardiovascular disease.
Most smart scales measure your weight and body composition using bioelectrical impedance and send this information to your phone’s mobile app over either a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. The scale sends a very small current through your body and measures resistance as it passes through different types of tissue. They then use algorithms to estimate the mass of bone, fat, muscle and water in your body.
The Withings Body Cardio scale goes one step further and also measures your heart rate and pulse wave speed as you step on the basket. Pulse wave speed is an indication of how flexible your blood vessels are. Stiffer blood vessels indicate higher blood pressure and poorer heart health.
The new vascular age meter is based on pulse wave velocity, but brings this information into a more accessible format by using it to assess your heart’s ‘age’. Step on the scale and you will see a simple ‘optimal’, ‘normal’ or ‘non-normal’ rating on its display and application.
Finger (or toe) in pulse
Withings Body Cardio is one of the most expensive smart scales on the market, with a retail price of $ 149.95 / £ 108.29 / $ 249, but when we tested it, it was affected by the depth of data available in its partner app, which also provides tips to help you improve your health.
This firmware update makes this information even more readily available, and puts cardiovascular health measurement in simple terms that are easier to understand than giving raw numbers.
It’s not for everyone (if you need a smart budget scale, then simpler Eufy Smart Scale C1 or FitTrack Dara better suited for landing), but if you’re interested in anything other than weight loss, this new feature makes Withings Body Cardion easily recommended.