You could have heard the time period “AFib” earlier than. But are you aware the way it happens—or why it’s harmful? Simply put, an arrhythmia is when your coronary heart doesn’t beat usually—and atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the commonest kind of arrhythmia. It happens when the higher chambers of the center beat irregularly and out of sync with the decrease chambers, which may enhance the danger of blood clots, stroke, and coronary heart assault.*
AFib will be onerous to diagnose. It can come and go, so it might not be occurring while you see your physician or get an ECG. Palpitations and shortness of breath will be signs, however some folks don’t have any signs. The excellent news, although, is that AFib is treatable. The earlier you establish it, the sooner you are able to do one thing.
That’s the place Fitbit’s Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications function is available in.** The function has been validated in a massive medical research and reviewed and cleared by the US FDA. Only a healthcare supplier can diagnose AFib, however this all new function may help establish in case your coronary heart rhythm reveals indicators of this situation—with the intention to have a higher dialog together with your physician about your coronary heart well being.
How it really works
You can verify for indicators of an irregular coronary heart rhythm which may be AFib simply by carrying your Fitbit tracker or smartwatch. When you’re nonetheless or sleeping, your gadget collects your coronary heart rhythm knowledge to verify for irregularities within the beat to beat variation which may be indicators of AFib.
Open the Fitbit app every day to sync your knowledge from the earlier night time in order that it may be analyzed.
After evaluation, if a number of readings present indicators of an irregular rhythm, you’ll get a notification within the app. Set up notifications from both the Heart tile or Discover tab within the Fitbit app.
You bought a notification… Now what?
The function is FDA cleared and validated in a medical research, so when you get a notification, we suggest discussing this data together with your physician or healthcare supplier to be evaluated additional. Don’t make any adjustments to your treatment or well being routine earlier than talking with them.
The Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications function can not detect coronary heart assault, blood clots, stroke, or different coronary heart situations. You ought to by no means change your treatment with out first talking to your physician. Results might not be correct in individuals who take treatment or substances that have an effect on coronary heart price or blood movement.
If you suppose you’re having a medical emergency, name emergency companies. The function will not be supposed for use by folks underneath 22 years previous or with identified atrial fibrillation.
What gadgets is it out there on?
Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications is at the moment out there within the United States. Find it on Fitbit Charge 5, Charge 4, Luxe, Sense, Versa 2, and Inspire 2.
To set it up, enroll within the Assessment part of the Fitbit app.
Enroll within the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications function at this time.
More to know: The Fitbit Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications function doesn’t analyze your knowledge in actual time and isn’t in a position to detect AFib repeatedly, particularly throughout movement. This means it can not establish all cases of AFib, and chances are you’ll not get a notification even if in case you have AFib.
*Lifetime danger for growth of AFib is 1 in 4 for women and men 40 years of age or older. Source: Lloyd-Jones DM, et al. “Lifetime Risk for Development of Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association, 2004.
**Irregular rhythm notifications are solely out there in choose international locations and with choose Fitbit merchandise; not supposed for use by folks underneath 22 years previous or with identified atrial fibrillation. See fitbit.com/irregularrhythm for further particulars.
This data is for academic functions solely and isn’t supposed as a substitute for medical prognosis or therapy. You shouldn’t use this data to diagnose or deal with a well being drawback or situation. Always verify together with your physician earlier than altering your weight-reduction plan, altering your sleep habits, taking dietary supplements, or beginning a new health routine.