HR on fitbit has me worried.

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Melissuh
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   Posted 3/5/2016 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
So, this has happened three times.

I'll be sitting, and go to check my heart rate on my Fitbit Charge HR out of curiosity, it'll go from 75-82 to BAM 128-132 when my anxiety isn't bothering me, I've blown it off.

This time I'm googling and convincing myself of things.

I've tried looking to see if other people have had this problem, but I'm now trying avoid google after being on it for an hour...

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   Posted 3/5/2016 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Woow that happens to me hahaha, I told my doc she said go to the beach and throw it far into the water.. She said there bad to have and I would go mad checking my heart rate all the time,I've got a minor heart problem and my cardiologist said stop thinking about your feelings inside and starting thinking about what's going on outside, easy said then done I guess.

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   Posted 3/5/2016 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have trace MVR, which causes a slight murmur, and PVCs, so I'm always worried they're missing something...

I may just turn off the HR sensor because I love it for the steps and challenges
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   Posted 3/5/2016 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My apple watch does the same nonsense. I'm not sure how accurate they really are considering they weren't designed as official medical equipment. I wouldn't worry too much about it :)
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   Posted 3/6/2016 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh God don't even get me started. I have the Apple Watch and it says my heart is 42-41-52 I had a panic attaavk bc of it one day it said my heart rate was 215 which I knew was a complete lie. Most of the time it's accurate if you wear it snug to your wrist but then again idk about that lol! I have pulse ox which is 99% accurate so I check that and it's normal. Don't stress with those gadgets.

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   Posted 3/6/2016 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Heya your Drs right I check it constantly. I own a pulse ox but I leave that at home and check when needed. But the watch and fit bit ugh constant checking
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   Posted 3/6/2016 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
This may not sit well with everyone but i wonder how many years you will waste worrying about your pulse rate, look if its too high or low your common sense will tell you, the main thing is that its working and your doctors have told you to stop worrying, if your not going to believe what they say, why go to see them, if my doc say's stop worrying, heck i'm going fishen.
Here is how it was explained to me years ago, some people have diesel hearts that just chug along and some have two cycle hearts that are high rpm. "Oh, i almost forgot, i wasted over 20 years torturing myself with this same fear". Live your life or die every day, forgive me, Peace
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   Posted 3/6/2016 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I agree.
This is my main goal that I'm trying hard to work at.

To be grateful it's working and believing my drs,

Thank you.
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   Posted 3/6/2016 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry Kid, "You are going to knock PAD out of the park"! Peace

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   Posted 3/6/2016 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a fitbit Charge HR and have noticed that wearing it a bit loosely and just above the wrist bone works best. Take the pulse rate with a grain of salt, but generally, the device works pretty well. The pulse rate is more to help the device itself figure out when you're running, resting, or sleeping, from my experience with it, although I like to see that my pulse rate is up when I'm exercising. If you don't already have one, buy a cuff-style heart rate monitor, and definitely check with your doctor. Pulse rate isn't blood pressure, but an abnormally high pulse rate can be indicative of a higher pressure, particularly if the cause is an anxiety attack or whatever. I'm a long-time sufferer of really bad panic attacks and GAD, and I can appreciate your situation. As was said earlier in this thread, you can beat this!!

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   Posted 3/6/2016 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My blood pressure is thankfully really good!
I'll still mention it when I go to see her friday,
I had to have blood work done because I was experiencing upper abdominal pressure/pain and shortness of breath which only laying flat would help.
Chest xray and ekg came out good thankfully.
It's been a Rollercoaster with my health again..
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   Posted 3/6/2016 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Melissuh as far as anyone knows and PAD has been around a long time no one has ever died from Panic or Anxiety, You have good reports from the doctors, time to trust them and start living again, you owe it to yourself and everyone who Love's You, Peace

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   Posted 3/6/2016 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, you made me cry. A good cry, because I agree, I'm done letting anxiety rule my life!
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Pretty kittay
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   Posted 3/6/2016 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry,

I agree I hate checking my heart every two min. I'm trying as well to let it go. I just hate when I feel any weird sensation I go right back to my heart ugh, but I'm gonna start tomorrow and not check my pulse all day. Can't start tonight bc I've been checking lol

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   Posted 3/6/2016 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 3/6/2016 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 3/7/2016 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I had this same problem. I had gotten a Fitbit HR and found myself constantly checking my heart rate on it. I finally ended up having to get rid of it because it showed a heart rate of 195 for a second and caused me to have a full blown panic attack. I'm assuming that was just a mistake because when it measured it a few seconds later it was 110. I've had numerous EKG's and an echocardiogram done, all came back normal. I did learn that when I would sleep it would drop down into the 50's. I switched to the Fitbit Charge and have been doing better. With my anxiety I've found that things that measure heart rate are not good for me.

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   Posted 3/7/2016 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had ekgs and an echo too, and most recent chest xray and another ekg ( 2/25/2016 ) all normal. I'm just going to shut off the heart rate sensor.

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   Posted 3/7/2016 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
For someone with anxiety issues, simply thinking "I need to check my heart rate" can raise the rate significantly. I have a healthy heart and, blessedly, no anxiety issues most of the time, yet I can be sitting in a chair with a resting heart rate of 52. If I simply stand up, it may go to 75. Walking will increase it more, and if I see something that worries me (like a wreck in front of my house, for instance) it would likely go well above 100. This is a carotid pulse, taken using only my fingers and a watch.

I just walked into the next room to get my watch. My rate went from 52 to 62. Nothing to concern me, just my healthy heart adapting to my body's changing need for oxygen.
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   Posted 3/7/2016 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
That's why I plan on turning off the sensor. It'll take more effort to turn it on. So less worry for me.
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   Posted 3/7/2016 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I love when I haven't been on here in a little bit and then I read a thread and see all of this support!

And Blu's is correct....magnets with all of the brilliant things that Larry says. My fridge would be covered.
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   Posted 3/8/2016 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine, too!!
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livethelife
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   Posted 1/13/2017 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone - I am new here and posting because I have a relatively new Fitbit Charge 2 that monitors HR. it may be a mistake for me to have it and there is definitely times when it is causing me more anxiety than is likely necessary - other times it reassures me - like when I think my heart rate is high and then I check my FB and it is actually only around 80 or.

I have had heart worries for years and years. I am a 51 year old female. Healthy otherwise and at a health weight although I could certainly use more exercise which would likely help with my anxiety - but because of my anxiety around my heart I am always a bit scared to exercise too much.

I have seen cardiologists a few times over the years - most recently last spring - so i have had all the normal tests - echo, holter, ekg etc and everything shows as normal although PVCs and PACs show up occasionally - apparently i am very sensitive to them because the cardiologist says that most people that have them don't even know they are having them - I may have one little blip and i can feel it.

Any way what is concerning me now with this fitbit is that sometimes when I feel anxious and start panicking I look at my Fitbit and the HR display shows -- in other words it is not able to register my HR during these times - when I see this it sends me into a panic. I don't see this in the normal course of a day but if i start feeling anxious and worrying that I am having a heart attack or an arrhythmia then the display goes blank - I am wondering if it's because during this panic time my heart rate has shot up really quickly and the fitbit can't adjust. after a few minutes the hr display comes back on but by that time I am a total anxious mess. has anyone else had this happen with their fitbit? where the hr just disappears? i have had it happen a few other times randomly when I feel perfectly fine but that didn't worry me as much. I can find nothing on the fitbit forums to explain this nor can i find anyone else who has this problem.

I realize that getting rid of this thing may be the best thing for me but on the other hand there are many things about it that reassure me - like a resting HR between 66-68 most days - I am happy about that hope to improve it if i ever start exercising regularly. The next time I see my doctor I will mention this all to her but I don't know how much she knows about fitbit hr.

i have also read that during an acute panic attack there can be abnormal heart rhythms in people with otherwise healthy hearts - so maybe something like that is going on for a short time during these attacks and the fitbit cannot register the HR during this time.

any comments are welcome smile

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   Posted 1/13/2017 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LtL and welcome!

Modern health devices can be a double edged sword so to speak...

...yes, they can be useful tools...but for someone with health anxiety, they can end up causing more trouble than good at times.

You will have to decide for yourself personally whether or not you should continue to use your fitbit...by evaluating how much benefit vs. anxiety is causes you.

I had a blood pressure monitor for awhile that would alert to any abnormal rhythms in HR. I knew cognitively that there are all sorts of benign palps and variances that happen in a healthy heart...but since my health anxiety was triggered by this feature...I choose to get a new machine that displayed BP only.

Definitely talk to your doctor about your concern...and hopefully you will get a more clear direction about what you should ultimately do.

Glad to see you joining us. Please see our Resources at the top of the main page here for great self help material...

...and keep posting if you find it helpful.smile

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   Posted 1/13/2017 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your response Scaredy Cat smile
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