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Doctor insights on: How To Use The Smart Health Heart Rate Monitor Watch

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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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When using a heart rate monitor for exercise, how do you factor into your heart range the intended effects of heart meds?

When using a heart rate monitor for exercise, how do you factor into your heart range the intended effects of heart meds?

Heart rate for exerc: Theoretical maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age, so your max would be 147. Depending on your goals and fitness level your workout heart rate should be between 60-80 percent of your max, so around 90-115 beats per min. Heart medication such as a beta blocker will typically make it difficult to get the heart rate much above 100. ...Read more

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How does a wireless heart rate monitor work well?

How does a wireless heart rate monitor work well?

Like your phone: Blue tooth is a wonderful thing. Electrical pulses that trigger your heart function are easy to detect and send to a wireless monitor. Units these days are accurate and reliable. ...Read more

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Can u use a app to take your heart rate?

Can u use a app to take your heart rate?

Yes: You can also use a wrist watch (assuming it has a seconds hand or digital display including seconds) or timer on your smart phone. Assuming your heart rate is regular, just count how many beats occur in 6 seconds, then multiply by 10. For greater accuracy, count off for longer periods of time & multiply as appropriate. Normal resting is 60-100 beats per minute (bpm) tho 90+ is kinda high w/o reaso ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to calculate calories burned with a heart rate monitor?

What's the best way for me to calculate calories burned with a heart rate monitor?

Heart Rate Monitor: There are several calculators that help you with the calories burned. See one below: http://www.Shapesense.Com/fitness-exercise/calculators/heart-rate-based-calorie-burn-calculator.Aspx most heart rate monitors give you a better evaluation of calories burned as they calculate the sum of the instantaneous calories burned over the exercise period from your weight, age etc. ...Read more

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What is the heart rate you should maintain during exercise to obtain fitness health benefits?

What is the heart rate you should maintain during exercise to obtain fitness health benefits?

Depends on your age: The "target" heart rate during exercise is different for people of different ages. A typical range from 70 to 85% of the age-predicted maximum heart rate is generally considered to be optimal. For a 32 year-old, the range would be 130 to 160 beats per minute. ...Read more

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What must I use to monitor my heart rate?

What must I use to monitor my heart rate?

Heart rate monitor: You can buy a heart rate monitor - no doubt available on line, but you can also just count your own pulse: either at your wrist, neck, or chest. Count it for 15 seconds and multiply by 4. It's free! ...Read more

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Regarding the Holter monitor. How does the dr read the 24 hour recordings. How do they catch any irregularities in rhythms. Is it done manually?

Regarding the Holter monitor. How does the dr read the 24 hour recordings. How do they catch any irregularities in rhythms. Is it done manually?

Holter: Most types of holter monitors are scanned by a computer with a technician interacting with the computer to sharpen the data interpretation parameters. The computer provides mathematical quantitation of the events identified by the computer/technician team. A report is generated for the physician to revue which has copies of the abnormal rhythms identified. The physician produces the report or oks ...Read more

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Please explain how a pacemaker does/does not control atrial fib. Also, other than heart cath, how can plaque be detected? Thanks these questions are in regards to my father's health. He has a pacemaker to control low heart rate, but pacemaker output has

Please explain how a pacemaker does/does not control atrial fib. Also, other than heart cath, how can plaque be detected? Thanks these questions are in regards to my father's health.  He has a pacemaker to control low heart rate, but pacemaker output has

Yes, : Yes, there are other options for treating atrial fibrillation as well as other diagnostic tests that can be performed to detect clots int the heart. Atrial fibrillation is an arrythmia where the person is a high risk for developing clots within the heart because the heart is unable to effectively pump blood to the body, leading to pooling of blood in the heart. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medication or ablation, which work to get the heart's primary pacemaker to resume function. Another procedure that can be done is cardioversion. In a cardioversion, an electric shock is delivered to the heart to 'shock' the heart back to the person's normal rhythm. This procedure can be done for a person with a pacemaker, however the doctor must take measures to ensure no damage to the device. There are imaging tests, such as an echocardiogram, that can help a physician to determine the presence of clots in your heart. Echocardiography uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart. This test can detect areas of the heart where blood is not flowing properly, indicating a possible clot or blockage. Also, this test is useful for identifying parts of the heart that are not contracting well. ...Read more

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What's the simplest holter monitor to use nowadays? Any units hook up to an iphone?

What's the simplest holter monitor to use nowadays? Any units hook up to an iphone?

Holter monitor: There are several small holter monitors and event recorders on the market. One of the simplest is the size of a large band aid and records for two weeks. It is then removed and mailed in to be analyzed. There are none presently on the market that connect to cell phones though this technology is coming. ...Read more

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My average heart rate even at rest is as high as 90 to 100 bpm, what is the best way to reduce it to about 70?

Why?: Your heart is regulated by a system of fine neurohumoral mechanisms - why are you trying to defeat them? If your resting hr is 90-100, there's a reason for it. That said, generally the better shape you're in, the slower your resting hr so working out and being keeping body mass index 18-25 will usually do the trick. Fever, anemia, anxiety, stress, exercise, xs thyroid etc. Increases it. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's unhealthy to raise your heart rate to 180 beats per minute?

Can you explain if it's unhealthy to raise your heart rate to 180 beats per minute?

Heart rate: For some people heart rates of 180bpm during exercise or stress are not problematic. For most people pushing the rate to 180 isn't necessary in conditioning or other activities. For people with sick hearts, rates of 180bpm can be very unhealthy. ...Read more

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Is the rate at which you burn calories dependent on how fast your heart beats, will medication that makes your heart rate increase burn more calories?

Is the rate at which you burn calories dependent on how fast your heart beats, will medication that makes your heart rate increase burn more calories?

Not dependent on hr: not a bit no. For that matter diet pills that induce significant weight loss do not significantly raise metabolism. ( I try for 1000 calories out per day; studies showing m a y b e a tenth of that with drug induced metabolic effects are what I mean by NOT significant). but changing thoughts/ behaviors help. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ ...Read more

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What does a slow resting heart rate have to do with fitness of the body?

What does a slow resting heart rate have to do with fitness of the body?

The heart pumps more: A heart is a muscle. With exercise it can ger stronger and work better. So just like lifting weights can make your arm strong and make it easire to lift, so can exercise strengthen your hear and require it ti beat slower to pump the same amout or more blood. ...Read more

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Is my heart rate monitor watch accurate for the number of calories burned?

Not really: Calories burned depends somewhat on overall conditioning, weight, and other factors that can't be measured by heart rate alone. However, it is good for judging a relative amount of calorie use, and to give idea of how long it will take to burn off that slice of chocolate cake you had for dessert! ...Read more