Garmin fore runner 35 watch

I have a one lead pacemaker for afib and AV node ablation. I am 100% paced. I was wondering if could use the Garmin watch to check heart rate when I exercise. Does anyone know if the watch will interfere with my pacemaker?



by AgentX86 - 2019-06-15 19:09:28

It certainly won't interfere with your pacemaker but it may not give you what you want, either. These things are extremely picky about arm placement and fit. If they're exactly right, they'll work but during exercise they tend to move and will give wildly inaccurate readings. They all do it. It's the nature of the beast. I kinda know what my HR should be so I know when my watch is lying but knowing the answer kinda reduces the usefulness of the thing. If you look at it as a toy and don't go all OCD about your heart, they're perfectly fine.

Garmin Fore Runner 35 watch

by hotdog158 - 2019-06-16 08:26:49

Same thing happened to me. I had the same watch and returned it because the heartrate function didn't work at all for me when exercising. I tried the fitbit same thing. I have come to the conclusion it's hit or miss. 


by Tracey_E - 2019-06-16 08:43:06

As Agent said, they aren't always that accurate for us. The watches won't interfere with the pacer but the pacer can interfere with the watch. Some have had better luck than others with heart rate monitors. For years I'd given up on them completely but last year got an apple watch and it's quite accurate. I wasn't expecting it to work for heart rate, I mainly wanted to be able to see texts and control my music without digging out my phone on a run but was pleasantly surprised. I have a Garmin but it is older and doesn't do heart rate, it's strictly for running. I go by how I feel. If I can talk but not sing, if I feel strong, then I assume my rate is good. We can't really go by the target heart rate charts. Those charts aren't particularly accurate for people who have normal hearts.


by barnet38 - 2019-06-17 23:29:00

I haven’t tried the Garmin watch, but have tried a couple of other HR monitors.  In my experience, the FitBit worked well for non-athletic activities (the resting HR tracking actually helped me realize I was having a problem with a lead), but was nowhere close to accurate when I was exercising.  I’ve had a great experience with the wahoo tickr 

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