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    cardiac health: heart rate monitors and other health monitors

    They are incredible instruments. However, Apple with superior resources puts out a better product for my needs. If I was still running ultras and marathons, the Suunto would be my watch because the Apples does not have the all the bells and whistles and the battery life. I also hope that nobody out there has to pick their watch because they are recovering from heart problems.

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    Also fellow runners and fellow forum lurkers, learn CPR. If 6 people would not have learned that skill, I would have died on January 15, 2017 and not be here opining about this first world problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandM View Post
    Also fellow runners and fellow forum lurkers, learn CPR. If 6 people would not have learned that skill, I would have died on January 15, 2017 and not be here opining about this first world problem.
    I am happy you survived.

    According to the CDC [1]:
    • Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
    • Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
    [1] CDC: Men and Heart Disease

    In other words for that population of men the first symptom of heart
    disease was death.

    The heart rate monitor is an app on the Apple Watch. We can hope for
    rapid progress that allows monitoring of more health parameters than
    the heart rate. Maybe some day smart watches will offer health warnings
    on an annunciator panel. Though I have no symptoms I would like to
    have better instrumentation. I want to avoid joining that population
    mentioned above.


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    That is absolutely correct. I was examined by a cardiologist just over 2 years prior to my incident and was given a clean bill of health. My annual physicals were good. I consume a plant based diet and was running my 25th marathon. No one was more surprised than me. I was believed to be the picture of health.

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    Life is uncertain. However, it is disappointing that there are no obvious
    measurements experts can make that indicate a problem.

    Aside from the obvious, were there some indications after the incident that
    indicated a problem? For example, was cardiac calcium measured by CT?
    (For more information look there. -->
    Cardiac computed tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring)

    How does using the heart rate monitor help you avoid a repeat of
    cardiac mis-function?


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    Should the health sensor and heart related issues become it's own thread?

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    cardiac health: heart rate monitors and other health monitors

    I am creating a new thread for discussion of heart rate monitors and
    other health monitors, along with other aspects of cardiac health.


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    Re: cardiac health: heart rate monitors and other health monitors

    Quote Originally Posted by rationaltime View Post
    I am creating a new thread for discussion of heart rate monitors and
    other health monitors, along with other aspects of cardiac health.
    (feel free to move this post to a new thread)

    I've been getting occasional notices after waking up that my hear rate had spiked overnight. Usually about ten minutes, and almost exactly double what it normally is while sleeping -- so although I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea (a mild case, perhaps; I need to check my paperwork again), I'm not 100% confident about the accuracy of these notices.

    Still, work is being done on amplifying the AW's capabilities. Apple talked about how watchOS 4 will help researchers study atrial fibrillation, for example, and the team behind cross-platform app Cardiogram is more than enthusiastic about the possibilities enabled by having HR-tracking wearables on millions of wrists:
    https://blog.cardiogr.am/screening-f...t-416c9bc03efc

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    When I was wearing the Suunto wrist HRM, I had these spikes where the heartbeat would shoot up to 180. I was getting frustrated because I was having these bouts of tachycardia. It was not me, it was the watch. They went away with the Apple Watch. It is more accurate than the Suunto. I saw the cardiologist today and there were no spiking abnormalities.

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    Re: cardiac health: heart rate monitors and other health monitors

    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    I've been getting occasional notices after waking up that my hear rate had spiked overnight. Usually about ten minutes, and almost exactly double what it normally is while sleeping -- so although I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea (a mild case, perhaps; I need to check my paperwork again), I'm not 100% confident about the accuracy of these notices.
    My read is a chest strap heart beat detector is more reliable and
    in some situations more accurate than the optical heart rate monitor
    in the watch. I suggest wearing the chest strap over night and
    logging the results along with the Apple watch heart rate monitor.
    A comparison between the two should give you an indication of
    whether the watch reported episodes of tachycardia are real.


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