(HealthDay News) — Individuals with, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease (CVD), are less likely to use wearable devices that monitor and track health or physical activity, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2022, held from Nov. 5 to 7 in Chicago.

Lovedeep S. Dhingra, MBBS, PhD, from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues used data from the Health Information National Trends Survey for 2019 to 2020 to examine the self-reported use of wearable devices among patients with CVD and those with risk factors. Patterns of their use were assessed across demographic subgroups.

Overall, 933 of the 9303 participants had CVD and 5185 were at risk for CVD. The researchers found that an estimated 18 and 26% of those with CVD and at risk for CVD, respectively, used wearables, compared with an estimated 29% of the total US population. Individuals aged older than 65 years accounted for 49 and 22% of those with CVD and at risk, respectively, but only 12 and 14% had any wearable use, compared with 17 and 25% among those aged 50 to 64 years and 33% for both among those aged 18 to 49 years. Wearable use was increased 3- to 4-fold for those with a higher annual household income and educational attainment.

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“We need to ensure that wearable devices reach the people who need them most, by improving equitable access and promoting wearables as health devices to help improve health and decrease health disparities,” Dhingra said in a statement.

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the biopharmaceutical industry.

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