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Heartbeat app

Hi,

Does anyone use the Heartbeat app on the Apple Watch?

How accurate is this device please?

It is registering elevated readings, and yesterday it I had a reading of 154 for 13 minutes. I had no symptoms and felt fine. I’ve never had a reading as high as this. I was also sitting down.

This is the third strange reading. I didn’t want to fork out for a Kardia too. I’ve spent enough money already!

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did you get a watch and feel your own pulse at the time, that's how you will know the accuracy.

In my experience they are not great, and useless if you are in AF

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I'm not sure how accurate the heart rate application is, though mine seems to be pretty close. The fact that when I walk a mile on the treadmill the watch says I've walked .7 miles, and today I've done about 5 flights of stairs this morning and it says I've done zero. I need to have a chat with the geniuses at the Apple store. That said, the Kardia is a totally different function in giving you a single lead EKG which is an accurate representation to diagnose AFib. It's totally worth the money, in my opinion.

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Agree with everything - I climbed 3 flights & it only registered 1 and I think there is definately a glitch in peaks and troughs of pulse, especially in Arrythmia but overall I think it can show trends over a period of time.

Kardia is definately the best device/app for accuracy and detail and trends.

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I use the app and have had readings from 33 - 210. I also have it set to notify me if resting rate exceeds 120 for more than 10 mins - which it does - then check with the Kardia which gives a much clearer picture of what is going on,

For a one off reading like that for only 13 mins - I really wouldn’t take any notice but if it became a trend and regular occurrence - I’d want to know what was going on and an ECG is the only way and Kardia is the only device I can do that with - without going to surgery or hospital to get a 12 lead.

I think we can become overly worried when we have too much data and overly focus on each detail.

Best wishes CD

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Many thanks to everyone. This app does notify me if my heart rate is elevated.

Good suggestion about noting trends. I hope the price of Kardia will come down at some point!

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I bought mine in 2013 (it fitted the old iPhone4) & it was the same price then so I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one! Both my husband & I use it on both iPhones & iPad.

It is excellent value for money.

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Yes I did, and it was in the 80’s and ‘normal’ resting for me when sitting is between 42 - 52. Thanks for your reply.

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Hi the kardia was a god send for me, had it for Xmas showed the results of the high heart rate and AF to the arrithmia nurse, she got me an appointment for 7th March to see an EP, the meds weren’t working for me.

Pam

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I really like my Apple Watch especially as it can alert me if I am having very rapid heartbeats at night. I have kept a record of all my episodes over the last two years but wasn’t sure if I was having silent ones at night. I also have kardia on my phone and have never regretted buying it. I am not obsessive about checking either, but I find the information output interesting

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Have a Garmin watch and it reads high many times but my pulse is not verifying this. I have checked it on the EKG chart and the watch is wrong. It seems to misread when the pulse changes rapidly. When the pulse is pretty consistent, it seems to get it right. The 4 hour chart is helpful to see what is happening while I am asleep.

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