Today’s exercise is over or not, heart rate is normal or not – these questions are being answered by many people nowadays with their smartphone or smartwatch. Many of you would be aiming to complete 10,000 steps a day with a similar smart device.
But have you ever wondered how smart your smartwatch really is? How fit can your fitness tracker make you – is a watch that shows you a goal of 10,000 steps deceiving you? But can a gadget also warn you about the risk of a heart attack?
Do smart watches fool you? Learn how to calibrate your watch
Recently a smart watch has been launched in Delhi. The company that launched this watch claims that it is not a watch, it is a medical device. According to the company, this is the first watch to receive approval from the European Medical Regulatory Agency, EU MDR.
The company has applied for US FDA approval. With approval from the US FDA, this device can only show false results or false results in up to 2%. Whereas according to the company’s claim, this watch gives accurate results up to 99 percent.
How inaccurate are smart watches?
During the research, the watch gave false results only up to 0.06%. The company claims that this watch can detect heart beat disturbances and send alerts. In medical language, irregular heartbeat is called arrhythmia. With this smart watch launched in the name of Cardiac Sense, you can check your heart.
Do smart watches really help?
The report can be sent to the doctor. Like many fitness bands, watches and trackers available in the market, this watch can also monitor your heart rate 24 hours a day, measure oxygen. This watch also has the facility to check blood pressure and body temperature.
But how fit are these gadgets that tell your fitness, today we put it to the reality test. So first understand how smart fitness trackers work. An LED light on this tracker reads the blood flow in the wrist. Green light can actually be read by red blood. A sensor on the watch checks how the green light flows through the bloodstream. By solving this math, the device displays your heart rate on the screen.
Can a smartwatch detect heart problems?
According to doctors, these smart devices do a near-perfect job of reading heart rate and blood pressure, but the way steps are counted can be messy, as the tracker counts your body movements. That is, if you are traveling in a hesitant vehicle, then it is possible that it can be counted as a step.
Your heart beats 70 to 100 times in a minute or 60 seconds. This rate may be slightly lower if you are elderly and slightly higher if you are a child. You can count your pulse by placing your thumb on the left palm and find out the true and false of your tracker. Most fitness equipment is designed as a watch for consumer convenience, while heart rate is measured near the chest and blood pressure from the upper arm to be accurately measured.
Therefore, it cannot be absolutely said that the results of your fitness tracker will be accurate. Most of the gadgets in the market are not approved by the medical regulators. This should also be taken into account. So, if your app or smartwatch is not quality certified, relying on only one tracker can prove to be a big mistake.