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?

@nene22

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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nene22. – Apple watches & phones are costly but good from what I read. I bought a Kardia Moble last year. About $90. Simple, accurate, works with my Android. No additional fees. Takes a 60 sec, single lead ekg. Analyzes average BPM with graph & reports: Normal, Afib ,Tachycardia. Two fingers on a small pad to run. Rated 97% accuracy. Was using often and got hell from my doc saying was causing anxiety which is a known afib trigger. Now I use once a month or so for assurance am still in Normal sinus rhythm since don't feel afib. Can usually tell with pluse but the Kardia is re-assuring. Can send to your doc and options for lot of other features, with added fees. I find the basic test meets my needs. Good basic inexpensive device that works well.

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@elwood

nene22. – Apple watches & phones are costly but good from what I read. I bought a Kardia Moble last year. About $90. Simple, accurate, works with my Android. No additional fees. Takes a 60 sec, single lead ekg. Analyzes average BPM with graph & reports: Normal, Afib ,Tachycardia. Two fingers on a small pad to run. Rated 97% accuracy. Was using often and got hell from my doc saying was causing anxiety which is a known afib trigger. Now I use once a month or so for assurance am still in Normal sinus rhythm since don't feel afib. Can usually tell with pluse but the Kardia is re-assuring. Can send to your doc and options for lot of other features, with added fees. I find the basic test meets my needs. Good basic inexpensive device that works well.

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@elwood.. I have a Kardia too and I love it. It sends me a reminder. I showed it to my cardiologist and he approves. When my son in law had afib he emailed the results to his doctor. He no longer has afib after an operation but he still uses it periodically. It's a very inexpensive and good device to have. I also have a fitbit charger which tracks my steps and heart rate. I think I may upgrade that to the new Versa later in the year.

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@amandaburnett

Welcome to Connect @concretesue. You will see that I moved your discussion to this related conversation "Smart watch to monitor heart" where members are discussing what type of personal monitors they should use to track their heart. I'd like to share the following website and video https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-heart-rate-monitors
The video in the upper right of the website rates the top 10 heart rate monitors and it looks as though the Apple watch comes in at number 2, only secondary to the Garmin Forerunner 945.

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Hi Amanda @amandaburnett, Thank you for sharing the video link. I like that it shows what's available to help us track our health as patients. I also have an series 2 Apple watch and got one of the Kardia Mobile devices when they first came out. I later purchased one of the Karia watch bands for the iWatch and use it more than the 2 pad Kardia device. Both of them give me anxiety but I've gotten used to it after the first time it showed me a possible AFib reading. I showed it to my Mayo primary care doc a few years ago and when he first looked at the readout on my iPhone he went to consult the heart doc at the local clinic. After a few minutes they both concluded the EKG was OK even though the reading was showing some quirks. I'm thinking a lot of the funny readings I get are due to my small fiber peripheral neuropathy and using my fingers/thumb to get the EKG. But, I still like seeing the information and I take my BP and EKG every morning at the same time to see if there are differences.

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I finally was able to have my annual exam and labs with my primary care doc and one of things I had written down to discuss with him was the irregular heart beat and low heart rate sleeping. My Apple watch and Kardia app show that I have an irregular heart beat intermittently and PVCs. I told him I've also frequently seen Afib's show up on the app. He scheduled an EKG while I was there to use as a baseline and I have to go to Rochester Mayo Monday for an appointment to connect a 24 hour Holter monitor so they can get a better picture of what might be going on. He thinks I might need a blood thinner but I'm hoping not. I've seen the irregular heart beats since I've had the Apple watch and Kardia app, and on my blood pressure monitor for the last several years but I've never had any physical symptoms where I feel that something is going on. I know it's not a big deal but I'm not looking forward to wearing the monitor while sleeping…yuck.

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@johnbishop

I finally was able to have my annual exam and labs with my primary care doc and one of things I had written down to discuss with him was the irregular heart beat and low heart rate sleeping. My Apple watch and Kardia app show that I have an irregular heart beat intermittently and PVCs. I told him I've also frequently seen Afib's show up on the app. He scheduled an EKG while I was there to use as a baseline and I have to go to Rochester Mayo Monday for an appointment to connect a 24 hour Holter monitor so they can get a better picture of what might be going on. He thinks I might need a blood thinner but I'm hoping not. I've seen the irregular heart beats since I've had the Apple watch and Kardia app, and on my blood pressure monitor for the last several years but I've never had any physical symptoms where I feel that something is going on. I know it's not a big deal but I'm not looking forward to wearing the monitor while sleeping…yuck.

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@johnbishop. I was put on the 24 hour monitor and a two day monitor couple of years ago because sometimes my heart rate would go to peak for a few minutes and then drop back down for no reason usually when I am walking or even doing housework. I never had afib noted on my Kardia. Yes, it is a pain in the you know where to sleep with those monitors. Then out of the blue I had a TIA in January, my cardiologist and my children convinced me to have a loop recorder put in, because to really find out if you have afib or not, you need a continuous monitoring, it may not happen on the days that you have the monitor on. He also put me on blood thinner. I'm not liking it, but if it's that or another TIA or stroke, I don't really have a choice, even though I'm a healthy eater and walks everyday. The loop recorder also let my doctor know if there's any irregular heart rates that's not normal. I've had it for 6 months now, thank goodness no problem has shown up. While I was resistant at first, I have to say it gives me peace of mind. It's so small I don't even feel it. The whole procedure literally only takes a few minutes. There was a little bleeding in the start because of the blood thinner but once the issue was resolved. It was hardly noticeable. Hope the monitor works for you. Take care.

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@mayofeb2020

@johnbishop. I was put on the 24 hour monitor and a two day monitor couple of years ago because sometimes my heart rate would go to peak for a few minutes and then drop back down for no reason usually when I am walking or even doing housework. I never had afib noted on my Kardia. Yes, it is a pain in the you know where to sleep with those monitors. Then out of the blue I had a TIA in January, my cardiologist and my children convinced me to have a loop recorder put in, because to really find out if you have afib or not, you need a continuous monitoring, it may not happen on the days that you have the monitor on. He also put me on blood thinner. I'm not liking it, but if it's that or another TIA or stroke, I don't really have a choice, even though I'm a healthy eater and walks everyday. The loop recorder also let my doctor know if there's any irregular heart rates that's not normal. I've had it for 6 months now, thank goodness no problem has shown up. While I was resistant at first, I have to say it gives me peace of mind. It's so small I don't even feel it. The whole procedure literally only takes a few minutes. There was a little bleeding in the start because of the blood thinner but once the issue was resolved. It was hardly noticeable. Hope the monitor works for you. Take care.

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@mayofeb2020, Thank you for sharing your experience. It's really helpful. Although I've never had any noticeable symptoms it has been a concern in the back my mind and I do really want to find out what's going on. Thanks again.

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I have the Apple Watch Series 4 (current is Series 5). It has the heart rate sensor and EKG. I have a heart rhythm issue similar to Afib called Supra Ventricular tachycardia. I do moderate running for exercise. I like the watch and think both bpm and ekg work well. My cardiologist says his reading is its usually pretty accurate with occasional "artifacts". My only complaint is on rare occasions, while running, bpm will not update. I'm told its because I need to tighten the band on runs so sense doesn't bounce over skin. Overall, I love the watch and keep an eye on the bpm running or not. I use the Cardiogram app to display my pulse rate over time – it displays a daily graph.

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@jenny2

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 very much like AliveCor as well. UCSF in CA has the “Healthy Heart” studies you can join to help in the fight against heart disease. It is really great!

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The Apple watch is a better buy, it does so much more and is FDA approved as well. It does not require an additional smartphone.

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@nene22

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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That's how it is for me but I was just diagnosed last week so this is new to me. I really appreciate this site & hopw to visit it often.
Thank You Mayo !

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@phillipdobrien

That's how it is for me but I was just diagnosed last week so this is new to me. I really appreciate this site & hopw to visit it often.
Thank You Mayo !

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@phillipdobrien, how are you doing with the new diagnosis of a-fib? Got any questions?

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I'm 6 mos into fib/flutter, 7 wks post ablation with continuing rhythm issues. I know that's a short period but I am trying to figure this out. I am ready to purchase a smartwatch that can detect fib and hopefully other issues. There are many watches and claims but I wonder if anyone is using one?

I have an Abbott "Insertable cardiac monitor" ($9,500) implanted which only detects fib and to my chagrin is only reports to my electrophysiologist.

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