You could have heard the time period “AFib” earlier than. However are you aware the way it happens—or why it’s harmful? Merely 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 improve the danger of blood clots, stroke, and coronary heart assault.*
AFib will be laborious to diagnose. It could actually come and go, so it will not be taking place 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 sooner you determine it, the sooner you are able to do one thing.
That’s the place Fitbit’s Irregular Coronary heart Rhythm Notifications function is available in.** The function has been validated in a big medical research and reviewed and cleared by the US FDA. Solely a healthcare supplier can diagnose AFib, however this all new function might help determine in case your coronary heart rhythm reveals indicators of this situation—so as to have a greater dialog along with your physician about your coronary heart well being.
The way it works
You possibly can test for indicators of an irregular coronary heart rhythm that could be AFib simply by sporting your Fitbit tracker or smartwatch. While you’re nonetheless or sleeping, your machine collects your coronary heart rhythm information to test for irregularities within the beat to beat variation that could be indicators of AFib.
Open the Fitbit app every day to sync your information from the earlier evening 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. Arrange notifications from both the Coronary heart tile or Uncover tab within the Fitbit app.
You bought a notification… Now what?
The function is FDA cleared and validated in a medical research, so in the event you get a notification, we suggest discussing this info along 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 Coronary heart Rhythm Notifications function can’t detect coronary heart assault, blood clots, stroke, or different coronary heart situations. It is best to by no means change your treatment with out first talking to your physician. Outcomes will not be correct in individuals who take treatment or substances that have an effect on coronary heart fee or blood circulation.
If you happen to suppose you’re having a medical emergency, name emergency companies. The function isn’t supposed to be used by folks below 22 years outdated or with identified atrial fibrillation.
What gadgets is it accessible on?
Irregular Coronary heart Rhythm Notifications is presently accessible in the US. Discover it on Fitbit Cost 5, Cost 4, Luxe, Sense, Versa 2, and Encourage 2.
To set it up, enroll within the Evaluation part of the Fitbit app.
Enroll within the Irregular Coronary heart Rhythm Notifications function immediately.
Extra to know: The Fitbit Irregular Coronary heart Rhythm Notifications function doesn’t analyze your information in actual time and isn’t capable of detect AFib constantly, particularly throughout movement. This implies it can’t determine all situations of AFib, and you could not get a notification even when you’ve got AFib.
*Lifetime threat for improvement of AFib is 1 in 4 for women and men 40 years of age or older. Supply: Lloyd-Jones DM, et al. “Lifetime Danger for Improvement of Atrial Fibrillation.” American Coronary heart Affiliation, 2004.
**Irregular rhythm notifications are solely accessible in choose nations and with choose Fitbit merchandise; not supposed to be used by folks below 22 years outdated or with identified atrial fibrillation. See fitbit.com/irregularrhythm for extra particulars.
This info is for instructional functions solely and isn’t supposed as an alternative choice to medical analysis or remedy. You shouldn’t use this info to diagnose or deal with a well being drawback or situation. At all times test along with your physician earlier than altering your weight-reduction plan, altering your sleep habits, taking dietary supplements, or beginning a brand new health routine.