The ultimate guide to heart health using Apple Watch

This day in age most of us are aware of how important the health of our heart is and how mandatory it is to make sure it’s in good condition. Yet, most of us still don’t. An easy starting point for keeping track of your heart and your overall health is to buy an Apple Watch — specifically the series 4 which allows new health tracking features such as the ECG aka EKG, which will both allow you to make sure your heart is in good condition.

ECG stands for Electrocardiogram, which is advanced technology that records the electrical activity of the heart and can reveal many health issues that wouldn’t have been previously noticeable. Since the release of the Apple Watch this feature has been a lifesaver for many around the world. The Apple Watch also has a simple life saving feature that allows you to easily document and read your heart rate on the go. You can also set up a heart rate threshold that will notify you if your heart rate spikes or drops below dangerous numbers, which can be adjusted in your watch settings. Using an Apple Watch can help you create a guideline of what your “normal” self is and will document any changes to your levels over a period, but be aware that frequent activities that may cause stress can cause a projection in your readings along with some of the foods you will eat. At home monitoring and recording should under no circumstances replace a doctor visit, due to in-depth data that you wouldn’t have been able to discover otherwise. Monitoring your heart via Apple watch can help with early diagnosis, and sets a guideline of what you should be doing on a daily basis to help your heart stay in shape. A way to store all this vital information is in the Health App located natively on your iPhone, allowing you to access your data whenever you need it. An easy way to track more information on your heart health is by pairing your Apple Watch with a 3rd party device such as a wireless monitor which will allow you to track your blood pressure. One of the best 3rd party systems we came across is the QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, priced at $120 USD.

When purchased the QardioArm comes with a small arm strap which will allow you to read and document your blood pressure. Before using the device you will need to download the corresponding app, as you will not be able to use the Qardio without it. You can then choose to import the data created by the Qardio to your health app and keep all your health data in one place. Doing this will provide a better viewing experience along with many more features to tweak your readings if needed.

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Sam Gillette

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