The latest connected gadget to go on sale in Apple Stores is the Withings Body Cardio, a scale that measures not just weight and body fat, but can also detect cardiovascular problems. Using sensors that measure Pulse Wave Velocity – how quickly blood pumps through your arteries – it can point to problems like hypertension and high cholesterol.

Body Cardio gives everyone the opportunity to follow heart health at home via the introduction of a new measurement: pulse wave velocity. Recognized by the medical community as the best stand-alone indicator to provide a reliable assessment of overall cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity assessments from Body Cardio have the potential to revolutionize how we care for our cardiovascular health.

The scale can’t identify the reason for poor PWV readings, but the connected iPhone app will let you know if it is in the range where you should arrange a medical check-up …

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The scale has a solid aluminum base and has no feet. Withings says that it is both accurate and stable on any surface, from hard wood to carpet.

The scale has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, with automatic syncing to any iPhone from the 4S running iOS 7 or later. Withings claims the battery lasts a year, and is charged by a supplied microUSB cable.

The Withings Body Cardio scale is available from Apple retail stores, or direct from Withing’s website, priced at $179.95.

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