Smart watch to monitor heart

Posted by nene22 @nene22, Apr 3, 2019

I am thinking of getting an Apple watch that can tell when I am in Afib. Has anyone out there had experience with one?

I purchased an apple watch series 4, a month ago. I love it! It records your heart rhythm throughout the day and will record an ECG that can be saved, printed or sent to your physician as a pdf document. I just had an appointment with cardiology, and they were very impressed.

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@rainyday541

I purchased an apple watch series 4, a month ago. I love it! It records your heart rhythm throughout the day and will record an ECG that can be saved, printed or sent to your physician as a pdf document. I just had an appointment with cardiology, and they were very impressed.

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Thanks Teresa. I guess I would have to get an Apple phone too.

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@rainyday541

I purchased an apple watch series 4, a month ago. I love it! It records your heart rhythm throughout the day and will record an ECG that can be saved, printed or sent to your physician as a pdf document. I just had an appointment with cardiology, and they were very impressed.

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I have looked at the app that was recommended for this and it looks like you have to put your fingers on a small pad?? I'm not sure I'd ever get it set up in time! I have some short runs that I can't tell if they are PVCs or a-fib or what but it looked like the recording wasn't automatic. I'm on Android, but would be willing to change if it would give my cardiologist some more information! Can you give any specifics??

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@iowafemale

I have looked at the app that was recommended for this and it looks like you have to put your fingers on a small pad?? I'm not sure I'd ever get it set up in time! I have some short runs that I can't tell if they are PVCs or a-fib or what but it looked like the recording wasn't automatic. I'm on Android, but would be willing to change if it would give my cardiologist some more information! Can you give any specifics??

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The apple watch would not be a problem for short intervals. You would just keep the ECG app on the face of the watch, when you start to notice something, you would tap on the app and then press the watch crown and hold for 30 seconds. It's very quick! The heart app that comes with the watch does an automatic heart rate and the app heartwatch will automatically record your heart rate every 4 minutes. So, an app that is automatic, would track heart rate always. You can set up notifications to alert you if your heart rate is too high or too low. From the ECG app, you can print, save or send the ECG to your doctor. The heart rate apps keep the information on file in the data for your doctor. There is so much information for your doctor, that my doctor was amazed. If you fall and do not move for one minute, the apple watch with contact, whoever you specify, help.

I hope this helps!

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Thanks everyone for your help. The only thing that is stopping me right now is the total cost….watch, phone and then the monthly phone usage charge. They add up.

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I have an Apple Watch 4, but I use an app that my doctor told me about a couple of years ago. You can see what it is like by going to alivecor.com.
I like it because it fits on my iPhone and I can get a reading by a board certified cardiologist if I want to for $19.00.
Of course it is only one lead, they also have a band that can go on your Apple Watch. I think the Apple Watch only records for 30 seconds( I don’t really know because I have not used it).
I am 77 years old and have had many kinds of irregular heartbeats for years, so hang in there and go to the web page for alivecor and see what you think, it is cheaper than the Apple Watch and I think it is better. They are also working on a 6 lead EKG.!!

Jenny 2

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I have one, and love it. It’s easy to use and always accurate.

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Most of the time I don't feel anything so don't know when I go into Afib. but, when I wore a halter monitor my dr said I was in Afib for 3 hours one time. I never felt anything.

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@nene22

I am thinking about getting an Apple watch to monitor Afib. The doctor said I have Afib but I sometimes wonder if I really have it and am hoping that the watch will tell me what is going on. When my blood pressure is taken I never have Afib. I am on a low dose of blood thinner but other medication they put me on caused my kidneys (I also have stage 3 kidney disease) to drop drastically to almost stage 2. Has anyone had experience with the Apple watch? Do I need an Apple phone to get the results?

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I have had a apple watch since March. It records my heartbeat, steps, exercise and will do an ECG. My cardiologist was impressed with the ECG's that I printed for him. The ECG Reports can also be sent to your doctor as a pdf file. I purchased the watch because I thought I was having Afib episodes, but found out I wasn't having any Afib episodes. Having to watch has given me such peace of mind.

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@rainyday541

I have had a apple watch since March. It records my heartbeat, steps, exercise and will do an ECG. My cardiologist was impressed with the ECG's that I printed for him. The ECG Reports can also be sent to your doctor as a pdf file. I purchased the watch because I thought I was having Afib episodes, but found out I wasn't having any Afib episodes. Having to watch has given me such peace of mind.

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Wow!! That that is amazing ! I did not realize it did all that especially a ECG. Definitely can see how it can be a useful tool and give you peace of mind

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@nene22

I am thinking about getting an Apple watch to monitor Afib. The doctor said I have Afib but I sometimes wonder if I really have it and am hoping that the watch will tell me what is going on. When my blood pressure is taken I never have Afib. I am on a low dose of blood thinner but other medication they put me on caused my kidneys (I also have stage 3 kidney disease) to drop drastically to almost stage 2. Has anyone had experience with the Apple watch? Do I need an Apple phone to get the results?

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A safety feature of an apple watch is if you fall and do not move for 1 minute, it will notify your contacts of a possible emergency.

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@reenj62

Wow!! That that is amazing ! I did not realize it did all that especially a ECG. Definitely can see how it can be a useful tool and give you peace of mind

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Yes, and I compared my ECG from the watch to the one in my cardiologist's office and they were remarkably close.

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@nene22

I am thinking about getting an Apple watch to monitor Afib. The doctor said I have Afib but I sometimes wonder if I really have it and am hoping that the watch will tell me what is going on. When my blood pressure is taken I never have Afib. I am on a low dose of blood thinner but other medication they put me on caused my kidneys (I also have stage 3 kidney disease) to drop drastically to almost stage 2. Has anyone had experience with the Apple watch? Do I need an Apple phone to get the results?

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I'm on my 3rd Apple Watch.(I bought the first model and updated twice.) I really love it for a variety of reasons. It was because of the watch I found I had Proximal Supra Ventricular Tachicartia (PSVT). It started happening during training runs (I use to run marathons). The watch showed my heart beat would suddenly jump to 160 – 170 bps in the middle of a run. My cartiologist had me wear a 14-day heart monitor to confirm. I would think your doctor would have you wear a monitor to find out when the Afib occurs and what might be triggers. Knowing the triggers (e.g., coffee or other stimulates, exercise, medications, emotional stress) could help reduce episodes.

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@nene22

I am thinking about getting an Apple watch to monitor Afib. The doctor said I have Afib but I sometimes wonder if I really have it and am hoping that the watch will tell me what is going on. When my blood pressure is taken I never have Afib. I am on a low dose of blood thinner but other medication they put me on caused my kidneys (I also have stage 3 kidney disease) to drop drastically to almost stage 2. Has anyone had experience with the Apple watch? Do I need an Apple phone to get the results?

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Hello @ronbyrd! Curious as to what your treatment is for your PSVT, and if you know why this started…especially since you a marathon runner. I too was diagnosed with this in January, but also had pacemaker implanted in February after bradycardia/full heart block. Former marathon runner myself, and noticed same thing on my runs. Hope you are feeling better!

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@cmensinger

Hello @ronbyrd! Curious as to what your treatment is for your PSVT, and if you know why this started…especially since you a marathon runner. I too was diagnosed with this in January, but also had pacemaker implanted in February after bradycardia/full heart block. Former marathon runner myself, and noticed same thing on my runs. Hope you are feeling better!

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Currently I have no treatment. I tried Calcium & Beta blocker med's but stopped because of fatigue side effect. Then got evaluated for having an ablation and decided against it. I never had symptoms, so only knew from the Apple Watch and EKG. Also, the PSVT episodes essentially only happen when I run and stops when I break into a walk. (has happened, but rarely, during other exercises, like walking). I've run a 5K and 10K since diagnosed with no ill-effects. Cardiologist said PSVT is "rarely" fatal and let him know if I start having symptoms. As part of determining what I had, they ran a stress test, echogram and other tests which showed my heart is structurally sound. So only known heart issue is the PSVT.
As to why it started, no, I don't know. I had been running for about 10 years that included about 6 or 7 marathons. I noticed the tachycardia during a training ran half-way through a 3 month training program in prep for another marathon….and made an appointment with my doctor. Although the cardiologist didn't say I couldn't run ("rarely fatal"), I decided to stop as am afraid it could get worst. So now I do a lot of walking, which I enjoy.

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