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Heart rate/GPS watch

Hi all ,im looking at buying a heart rate/ gps watch , was wondering if anyone could recommend one that's got a decent capture rate to keep an eye on the af whilst out jogging , I'm not too bothered about the GPS but would be good to c how far I've been , and value for money too ,hope everyone's keeping well Paul

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Few such instruments are very good if you have AF as they seem unable to cope with it. Don't waste your money.

Bob

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Hi and thanks bob , was just going to get one to monitor what rate I was at whilst running to try and keep my heart rate quite reasonable and not push it any really cheers Paul

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Hi Runcrans. If you are in persistent AF then, as Bob says, these devices really are a waste of money in terms of reading your heart rate. They just can't deal with the irregular beat and come up with all sorts of meaningless 'rates'. Consequently any other device functions that rely on those rates such as assessing which 'cardio zone' you are in will also be meaningless. I have a TomTom Runner Cardio GPS which is excellent - but only for runs in sinus rhythm. Highly recommended if your AF is paroxysmal and you will get some effective use out of it.

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Hi thank you , yes I've got peroxamol af will have a look at the tomtom one , my ep said to jog instead of run so just wanted keep in a zone were my hearts not under too much stress thanks again Paul

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Hi Paul,

You must be due your ablation shortly? Pleased to hear that you are still running within moderation.

Regards

Barry

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Hi Barry ,nice to hear from you , no I've not got a date through yet still waiting , so I thought my life's stopped long enough with this condition so I'm doing a 5 mile Sunday morning jog with the dogs through the woods sherwood pines which I love , have you got any further with your procedure date ? Cheers Paul

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Hi Runcrans

I have always run with garmin forerunner devices, they are very reliable but have a chest strap for heart rate, the TomTom Runner Cardio I believe has sensors on your wrist which I'm not sure about accuracy but will be more comfortable :)

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Thank you will be having a look at both these cheers paul

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I have a Polar FT4 watch with chest strap. It seems pretty accurate to me and the heart rate tallies with my Alivecor when in AF, it's not GPS though. I wear mine daily and I don't do sports.

Di

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Thank you di , I will have a look at that one too , are the chest strap ones uncomfortable at all I'm fussy about things on me lol cheers Paul

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I have been wearing a chest strap one for 9 years (cycling and running), I don't even notice its there. At the end of an Ironman I sometimes have a few rubbing sores, but have never noticed it at the time.

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That's good then maybe something you get used to wearing after a bit , thank you

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Hi Paul, I find the chest strap really comfortable, it sits under my bra so feels no different than wearing a bra, might be different for a man 😉 lol

Di

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Haha yes mite be a bit different I only wear my bra on a Thursday lol😂😂😂

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Lol 😂😂

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I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch. It's comfortable to wear and it's very accurate. I wear it all the time and tracking my daily activities and running. About $150 on Amazon.

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