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Vasomotor Symptoms Monitoring with a Commercial Activity Tracking Watch

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

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Continuous tracking of electrodermal activity EDA, also known as galvanic skin response GSR, values with commercial fitness devices for individuals with vasomotor symptoms hot flashes provides a path forward for future studies with fine resolution monitoring. This can improve upon the current reliance on the use of personal diaries1. There are multiple conditions associated with vasomotor symptoms including menopauseearly menopausal transition2, medicationsRaloxifeneEvista, tramadol, etc., chemotherapy and tamoxifen, hyperthyroidism, infections Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD, etc., and more. Multiple studies have characterized hot flashes in premenopausal and menopausal women using self reported methods, laboratory polysomnographic recording, and some specially designed devices3. However, it is difficult for an individual to track and accurately report nighttime vasomotor symptoms without the aid of a physiological monitoringdevice3. Emerging commercial and custom devices with EDA meters will greatly facilitate the nighttime monitoring of hot flashes for individuals for more informative longitudinal studies of conditions with associated vasomotor symptoms. This report illustrates the potential fineresolution monitoring of nighttime vasomotor symptoms using commercially available activitytracking devices with an EDA sensor.

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