​This Bathroom Scale Measures Way More Than Your Weight

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But by creating a device that measures the speed of your pulse wave from heart to feet, the researchers have configured the scale to spit out information about your blood vessels. The faster the speed, the stiffer your arteries—and that can signal the development of atherosclerosis, or the thickening or hardening of your artery walls due to plaque buildup, they said in a press release. This can lead to heart attack or stroke.

The engineers are also working to program the scales to identify irregular heartbeats and hyperkalemia, or high potassium in your blood. Once the scale notices the potentially life-threatening issue, it’ll notify your doctor, who will adjust treatment options accordingly.

All in all, the experts believe their scale will be able to measure more than 20 various health parameters, they say. And it won’t be pricey, either—since it won’t need the expensive materials of a smartphone, it should be affordable enough to make its way to any household.

[via menshealth]