Fit Bit

I have a combination Pacemaker/ICD and would like to have something I can wear that will detect my heart rate.  Is a Fit Bit safe or is there another simmilar type of deviec that is recommended?


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FitBit

by AgentX86 - 2018-10-08 20:25:08

Fitbits, and all other like watches, are perfectly safe.  The things you have to be concerned about are very strong permanent magnets and large power equipment (motors, transformers, and such).  Wearables are no problem whatsoever. 

I've had FitBits for four years, now.  I chose the FitBit because of its "always on" pulse detection. It's not perfect but it was good enough to identify exactly when I went into AFL (while I was sleeping).  I don't know how they stack up to the competition now but four years ago, they were really the only game in town.

 

Fit Bit

by Badams - 2018-10-08 21:03:49

Thank you!

fitbit synced to iphone

by zawodniak2 - 2018-10-09 13:28:45

I sync my Fitbit to my iPhone and appreciate how it displays my total 24-hour history, Great to see how my heart rate never drops below my pacemaker setting of 60 bpm and how it displays my rate response to activity levels..  Also very reassuring to not see any tachycardia events.  I also wear mine while sleeping and find my sleep cycles very interesting..  Now I try to remember what I was dreaming about during my REM cycles--usually with no success--ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!  I never use it to check my steps because it is a reminder of how lazy I am !!

Don't count on your FitBit

by AgentX86 - 2018-10-09 14:24:23

They're great toys but they lie a lot. Mine says that I average >6000cal a day. I wish! I've also found that unless I constantly adjust the band,  it'll read the heart rate 50%, or more, high. The good news is that if it's off, it's not believable. It doesn't seem to make small errors.  ;-)

As far as steps go, I'm at 19500, so far, today (have been doing 1M/month). Walking has certainly helped me.

As long as you are not OCD ....

by MartyP - 2018-10-09 21:48:08

My Story about a FitBit

OCD and FitBit's - Yup, it can happen. For me, I started checking my blood pressure and heart rate many times a day, some days 10, 20, god only knows how many times.  I created a spreadsheet to track the data. Everyone told me not to do it, but I did it anyway. I got the Fitbit and the information is very detailed. It lets me know when Sparky was pacing and for how long, pulse history, sleep patterns, etc. Should I have gotten it? No way! NO WAY !!!!  The last time I saw my electrophysicist I gave it to her and was glad to get rid of it. ----- So lesson learned - if you have OCD tendencies, you may want to stay away from FitBit’s and things like it.

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