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?

@wa34937

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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I was diagnosed with AFIB in May 2020 and after 2 echo cardiogram and an ablation in Oct 20 with further drug treatment, I finally achieved normal sinus rthymn in mid Jan 21. I monitor this status daily with FITBIT Sense smartwatch. The reason I went with the FITBIT Sense was it was one of the first along with Apple to have the approved FDA ECG app about Nov 20. I did not want to use the Apple smartwatch since it would require me to also purchase the Apple cellphone ( I had just gotten an new Android cell phone in Aug 20). Cost and ease was my reasons for FITBIT. All monitoring app software require a either a monthly or annual subscription, even the one advertised on Amazon ($180) for their device to self monitor AFIB.

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@wa34937

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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@wa34937, this is such a great discussion topic – smart watches, wearables and apps to track heart rate, heart rhythms issues and activity levels. You'll notice that I moved your posts to this existing discussion called "Smart watch to monitor heart" that @nene22 started a while back. I think you'll appreciate the feedback and recommendations from members like @rainyday541 @judyrich @dogmom1 @ronbyrd @elwood @mayofeb2020 @johnbishop @lizzy102 @galevin. @mhanso83 thanks for adding your recommendation and explaining how you use FitBit.

How's everyone doing with their tracking device of choice? What are the pros and cons of your choices?

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I was using a Kardia Mobile pad with my old iWatch series 3 and also got the Kardia Apple watch band. I think it may be more accurate than the iWatch heart monitor but not sure I trust either one since both have told me frequently I was having AFIB when I'm pretty sure I wasn't. Now I have a series 6 iWatch with the new ECG app and it pretty much tells me I have Sinus Rhythm. I also have the new Kardia Mobile pad that does the 6 lead reading and it consistently tells me I have Sinus Rhythm with Supraventricular Ectopy. I also signed up for the Mayo Clinic ECG Study on the Apple series 6 watch – https://apps.apple.com/US/app/id1564146078

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I use the apple watch to detect AFIB. It's very helpful to record AFIB, heart rate highs and lows and the watch data (exported) has been very beneficial to bring to my appointments.

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I have palpitations almost daily, especially am–feels like afib but is not Kardia says ekg is normal–what causess this–what can be done–on eliquis and metoprolol–lasts for hours

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@damari

I have palpitations almost daily, especially am–feels like afib but is not Kardia says ekg is normal–what causess this–what can be done–on eliquis and metoprolol–lasts for hours

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Interesting–I have the same problem. I was diagnosed with Afib about 3 years ago–no other treatment recommended because I guess the Afib wasn't frequent enough(I am also on Eliquis and Metoprolol). I have found that if I have palpitations and start checking and feeling my pulse, etc., it makes it worse due to anxiety. So at my last yearly cardiology appointment, I asked my cardiologist if I could wear a heart monitor again(haven't for a could years). The report just came back, and I had frequent minor arrhythmias. I purchased a Kardia but haven't used it yet. My plan to help with the arrhythmias is to pray, exercise, drink more water, and work on relaxation(and try to ignore them). My cardiologist said that I could increase my Metoprolol to 50 mg daily if the palpitations are bothersome, but I choose to stay at 25 mg due to the side effects(I might take another 1/2 tab at another time of day if they bother me too much). The week I wore the heart monitor was a bad week, but the week after was one of the best I have had in awhile–it seems there is no predicting the arhythymias, but I feel they are definitely stress related. I also take some supplements which I feel help, being careful not to take too much. I hope you feel better soon.

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@rdhwoman

Interesting–I have the same problem. I was diagnosed with Afib about 3 years ago–no other treatment recommended because I guess the Afib wasn't frequent enough(I am also on Eliquis and Metoprolol). I have found that if I have palpitations and start checking and feeling my pulse, etc., it makes it worse due to anxiety. So at my last yearly cardiology appointment, I asked my cardiologist if I could wear a heart monitor again(haven't for a could years). The report just came back, and I had frequent minor arrhythmias. I purchased a Kardia but haven't used it yet. My plan to help with the arrhythmias is to pray, exercise, drink more water, and work on relaxation(and try to ignore them). My cardiologist said that I could increase my Metoprolol to 50 mg daily if the palpitations are bothersome, but I choose to stay at 25 mg due to the side effects(I might take another 1/2 tab at another time of day if they bother me too much). The week I wore the heart monitor was a bad week, but the week after was one of the best I have had in awhile–it seems there is no predicting the arhythymias, but I feel they are definitely stress related. I also take some supplements which I feel help, being careful not to take too much. I hope you feel better soon.

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Hello @rdhwoman, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. I think you may be right about the stress factor. I recently have been practicing breathing through my nose which has been a problem for me for a long time. I found out after a few minutes practice I can lower my blood pressure and feel more relaxed. A member in another discussion shared a book by James Nestor called "Breath – The New Science of a Lost Art". They also share a video that I found helpful — The Lost Art and Science of Breath – James Nestor | Float Conference 2018: https://youtu.be/-WWDqKljmCU

Have you discussed using the Kardia with your primary care doctor to see if the reports you can send them from the app would be helpful?

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