Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Will you buy the first version of the Apple Watch?

  • Yes

    Votes: 14 21.9%
  • No

    Votes: 50 78.1%

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Ilya

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Ha! I've got something similar yesterday! :D

Here is the one I've got:


A little pricey at $45.99, but it's made of titanium which I really like!
 
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Apple just released a study considered the largest ever for health wearables on the Apple watch 4.

over 400,000 volunteers submitted their ECG tests run by the AW4 to Apple. 2000 participants received alerts of AFIB and were verified by a secondary medical test. These people were unaware of the problem and can now be treated to hopefully prevent stroke. AFIB can be a silent killer causing stroke that results in paralysis or sudden death.

The ECG in the Apple watch can also detect tachycardia, bradycardia.


Personally, I have had marginal experience with the test as I get lots of noise and inconsistent readings. I can only get good readings while sitting down and resting my arm with the watch on the chair armrest. Plus the index finger touching the crown needs to maintain even pressure for 30 seconds. Finally, if my skin is moist due to sweating it won't work.
 
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I’d look at upgrading my Series 3 when the 5 comes out only if there are really good features added.

I think my wife would get one if Apple can get the glucometer function working. Right now she wears a 10 day patch and uses her iPhone to scan the blood sugar readings.
 

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.5% and not really a scientific study.

But that’s 2,000 people that may live longer or better because of it.

I find THAT impressive. And maybe I’ll rethink my dislike for watches in another year or two.


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.5% and not really a scientific study.
Not only a small sample, but a sample taken from a very specific class of testers; those who wear the latest Apple watches.

Take all of the Apple claptrap out and you've got something that many, many more of those who need it can afford to acquire and wear it.
 

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Have you guys looked at the heart rate variable measurement in the health app? According to mine, mine is so low I should be in the hospital...
 

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Jason- I have a couple heart rate monitor apps that work very well. But I have a pacemaker/ICD. Before I had the device adjusted for a range between 50 and 120 BPM, it was set for a fixed 72 and the monitor was spot on never deviated as it should. After the EP MD reset it so I could exercise, get elevated BPM, it not accurately tracks it within that range. Before I suffered my cardiac arrest I suffered bradycardia, or abnormal slow heart rate. Typically I would function normally with a resting heart rate of 40-45 BPM. When sleeping it would track as low as 35. Exercise would elevate to 70-140 however. The EMT report says that when they got to me my heart rate was 15BPM and I was unconscious. In the Ambulance, in my driveway, they reported complete cardiac arrest and began CPR. Needless to say it was a close call. In ER they put an external pacemaker on me but I was in a coma for a half week.

Bradycardia is a serious medical problem but a pacemaker solves the problem.

Currently, I find the ECG in the AW4 too sensitive to electronic noise and difficult to get a good reading. However, when I do get a reliable reading it says sinus rhythm detected. I get the multi lead ECG reading every 4 months and so far my good readings have matched the medical device charts. When the bad reading happens it does not give a false positive or fail to detect AFIB, as compared to my 120 day full time monitor readings, it just says "inconclusive" ( My pacemaker / ICD records my ECG constantly and each night uploads the data to Medtronic with a home sending device connected to the cell phone network while I sleep). I don't know why my AW4 is so sensitive to noise, whether it may be my pacemaker interfering or whether it is the metal band I use as opposed to the non-metal band. I could test that last part but I wonder if other pacemaker patients also have trouble with reliable readings? Ok as I sit here I just tested it and got a perfect "sinus rhythm" chart at 70 BPM so this time it worked fine. I am 5 ft from my wifi router and surrounded bu computers with open cabinets so I doubt RFI is the cause of the noise when it doesn't work.

Oh, and I was not one of the volunteers in Apple survey. I have had surgery 2 years ago to ablate my atrial node as it was causing conflict with the pacemaker and sending me into atrial flutter.


Jason, I use an app called Cardiogram that monitors the heart rate constantly or measures it often with options to measure it constantly. It then displays a bar graph of the data for the past 6 hours.
 
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Jason- I have a couple heart rate monitor apps that work very well. But I have a pacemaker/ICD. Before I had the device adjusted for a range between 50 and 120 BPM, it was set for a fixed 72 and the monitor was spot on never deviated as it should. After the EP MD reset it so I could exercise, get elevated BPM, it not accurately tracks it within that range. Before I suffered my cardiac arrest I suffered bradycardia, or abnormal slow heart rate. Typically I would function normally with a resting heart rate of 40-45 BPM. When sleeping it would track as low as 35. Exercise would elevate to 70-140 however. The EMT report says that when they got to me my heart rate was 15BPM and I was unconscious. In the Ambulance, in my driveway, they reported complete cardiac arrest and began CPR. Needless to say it was a close call. In ER they put an external pacemaker on me but I was in a coma for a half week.

Bradycardia is a serious medical problem but a pacemaker solves the problem.

Currently, I find the ECG in the AW4 too sensitive to electronic noise and difficult to get a good reading. However, when I do get a reliable reading it says sinus rhythm detected. I get the multi lead ECG reading every 4 months and so far my good readings have matched the medical device charts. When the bad reading happens it does not give a false positive or fail to detect AFIB, as compared to my 120 day full time monitor readings, it just says "inconclusive" ( My pacemaker / ICD records my ECG constantly and each night uploads the data to Medtronic with a home sending device connected to the cell phone network while I sleep). I don't know why my AW4 is so sensitive to noise, whether it may be my pacemaker interfering or whether it is the metal band I use as opposed to the non-metal band. I could test that last part but I wonder if other pacemaker patients also have trouble with reliable readings? Ok as I sit here I just tested it and got a perfect "sinus rhythm" chart at 70 BPM so this time it worked fine. I am 5 ft from my wifi router and surrounded bu computers with open cabinets so I doubt RFI is the cause of the noise when it doesn't work.

Oh, and I was not one of the volunteers in Apple survey. I have had surgery 2 years ago to ablate my atrial node as it was causing conflict with the pacemaker and sending me into atrial flutter.


Jason, I use an app called Cardiogram that monitors the heart rate constantly or measures it often with options to measure it constantly. It then displays a bar graph of the data for the past 6 hours.

My heart rate varies when I’m just resting anywhere between 55-80 beats a minute depending on if something has me stressed or excited. Walking anywhere will get it up to between 80-100, walking outside will be between 100-120 and fast walking will get it to the 120-150 range. Lately I’ve been a little stressed so it’s been elevated more. Flying on an airplane it will be around 90-100 but I read this is normal due to how the cabin is pressurized.
 

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My heart rate varies when I’m just resting anywhere between 55-80 beats a minute depending on if something has me stressed or excited.
That's normal. Bradycardia is well below 50, like 35-45 when at rest. My father suffered from it too and had to get a pacemaker to elevate it above 60 at rest after he turned 75

If you begin to have spells of tunnel vision, dizziness when standing up, or even feeling faint to blacking out completely, then get medical attention right away.
 
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That's normal. Bradycardia is well below 50, like 35-45 when at rest. My father suffered from it too and had to get a pacemaker to elevate it above 60 at rest after he turned 75

If you begin to have spells of tunnel vision, dizziness when standing up, or even feeling faint to blacking out completely, then get medical attention right away.
I do have spells every now and then of dizziness but that’s usually if I get up too fast or turn around too quick. It only happens every so often and usually happens when my sinuses are acting up like during allergy season.
 

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I do have spells every now and then of dizziness but that’s usually if I get up too fast or turn around too quick.
Start monitoring your BP regularly. I use a Qardio cuff that automatically keeps a log on my iphone. The allergy season can cause blockage of the Eustachian tubes that equalize air pressure in the middle ear. If this is not equalized it can also cause vertigo similar to low blood pressure symptoms. High BP is mostly asymptomatic until is causes a serious health issue.
 

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My BP is usually 120-130 over 80-90 but does go up when I go to the doctor or donate blood, yet at the dentist and eye doctor it’s fine. My hygienist is a good friend of mine that I graduated high school with so I’m very comfortable with her. The eye doctor is an attractive lady as well.

Allergy season has been bad so far. It also doesn’t help with the temperature fluctuates where it’s 20 degrees on Monday and 80 on Friday.
 

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Anyone else seeing issues with the heart rate monitor since 5.2.1 came out? Mine either won’t show the last reading/update the reading, or says tap to measure.
 

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Anyone else seeing issues with the heart rate monitor since 5.2.1 came out? Mine either won’t show the last reading/update the reading, or says tap to measure.
On my series 3 the heart rate monitor seems OK but something is sucking down the battery faster.


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Weird. I did another soft reset of my watch and now the heart rate monitor is working.
 

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My watch recorded 24 hours of standing activity yesterday, which began at 6am Berlin time and ended at 11pm central (5:45am Berlin, Sunday). My last trip abroad I actually got it to record 25 hours in a day. :)
 
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