Heart rate monitor

Any recommendations for a fitness watch that will monitor your heart rate, also blood pressure would be a nice option on a watch,Garmin, Timex etc. I have a Fitbit that does not seem to be very accurate , I would like to upgrade .



Accurate heart rate monitoring watch

by AgentX86 - 2020-09-01 07:15:35

There isno such thing. None of the pulse-ox types are even close, particularly if you have any arrhythmias. The only accurate measurement is with your finger (to the neck, preferably) and stopwatch

Blood pressure isn't possible without a cuff.

Very happy with my Garmin ANT+ chest strap

by crustyg - 2020-09-01 07:23:01

I use this all the time for cycling, it produced identical results on both my static bike tuning sessions for my PM, and the battery lasts a long time.

I've used the Omron automatic sphygmo machines several times post PM implant and they work well and are easy to use and record from.  Best practice for BP monitoring is twice a day at the same times, always supporting the arm with the cuff on it.

AFAIK, there's no good data about what BP should be while you're exercising hard, so I can't see the point in any device that might claim to be able to monitor BP whilst I'm running/cycling/working out.  And I'd probably frighten myself anyway - my pulse pressure is widening as my aorta stiffens.  But that's life.


Apple is the way to go

by raynorfolk - 2020-09-01 09:40:32


Afather received life saving surgery after his Apple Watchwarned him he had a low heart rate.

Paul Hutton, 48, was notified by his smartwatch that his heart rate was frequently dropping below 40bpm - a normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100bpm. 

After visiting his GP and being diagnosed with an low heart rate, the father-of-three cut out caffeine in a bid to resolve the issue. 

But his Apple watch, which was upgraded in September 2017 to alert users when they have a low heart rate, continued to send him warnings. 

He was referred to a consultant who diagnosed him with ventricular bigeminy, a condition where the heart beats irregularly and therefore blood is unable to pump out effectively. 

Mr Hutton, a technology writer, of Bradfield, Essex, had a three hour procedure, known as cardiac ablation, to correct the issue.

During the surgery, for which he was fully awake but sedated, doctors burned tiny areas of faulty heart tissue.

Electrodes are fed up to the heart via an artery in the groin to measure the heart's electrical activity and then radio waves are used to burn away tissues causing the problem.

Mr Hutton has now recovered from the surgery and joked his heart “even coped” while watching England’s World Cup cricket final at the weekend. 

"My surgeon was absolutely brilliant. Once it was done, I had a very welcome cup of tea and was discharged the next day.

"I keep checking my pulse on my Apple Watch and it all seems good,” he said.

Wearable devices, like the Apple watch, could “revolutionise” the way heart conditions are diagnosed, according to Ashleigh Li, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation.

"As Paul's story shows, they offer huge potential for spotting signs of an irregular heartbeat before a person is having noticeable symptoms.

"However, more research is needed to determine how we can put the data generated by these devices to best use.

"Innovative technology such as wearable devices could be invaluable tools to healthcare professionals in identifying patients at risk,” she said. 



by Tracey_E - 2020-09-01 09:50:08

I've tried them all. The only one even close to accurate for me has been the apple watch. That said, it's not always going to be accurate. It will miss things like pac's and pvc's.

As the others said, none of them will get bp.

It's not good to constantly be monitoring our heart rate. Live your life. If you feel bad, count. Otherwise, trust the pacer to do its job. 

Blood pressure Monitor

by raynorfolk - 2020-09-01 10:42:05

If you want to keep an eye on your BP I can recommend the Omron Basic M2 - £25.99 on Amazon. It's recommended by the NHS and is the one sitting on my GP's desk and probably yours!


HR monitor

by ar_vin - 2020-09-01 15:42:11

Despite all the hype (from Apple fan boyz in particular, yes it is a religion.....the company is in my backyard.....) the optical HR sensors (wrist worn or armband) are not at all accurate. 

The chest strap ECG type monitors: Polar (H10, H9), various Garmin, various Wahoo etc are as accurate as a consumer device is going to get. 

That said none of these will pick up arrythmic beats so will not be highly accurate in those situations.



my experience

by Tracey_E - 2020-09-02 10:25:09

My experience has been the opposite of ar_vin! I tried several chest strap models and could not get them to read at all. After I returned two I started asking to try them in the store and finally gave up. (fun fact for today, that is why I first came to this site, trying to find a brand of hrm that would work) My apple watch is spot on with my pulse oximeter or blood pressure monitor every time I check. 

Spot on as well

by raynorfolk - 2020-09-03 12:37:46

As with Tracey_E my experience with the Apple Watch in that It is also spot on with my pulse oximeter and blood pressure monitor. 
Perhaps ar_vin could tell us how he performered his testing (when worn on the wrist) ?

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