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FITBIT Smartwatch Upgrade: Now Detect Atrial Fibrillation – Unless you actually HAVE AFib. What?Why?

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Greetings and welcome to got some breaking news for you coming out of google concerning fitbit you know google purchased fitbit and fitbit many of the models have just been updated and yours should be shortly to be able to detect irregular rhythm that’s right heart rate rhythm that is irregular you will be able to receive notifications on your

Phone if that shows up and happens on your watch however there’s a couple of caveats to it it’s not available if you have been diagnosed with afib that’s atrial fibrillation what why ah let’s look at that first of all irregular heart rhythms can affect health you will get notifications if we seen signs of an irregular rhythm that may be a-fip it’s been validated

In a clinical study designed to check a-fib and an irregular heart rhythm specifically it’s easy to use they simply collect your heart rhythm data in the background and you just sit and watch for a notifications and if you receive a notifications consider we’ll show you the rest of it in a minute but first does the the hidden information fitbit can look like uh

Look for signs of afib which is a common type of irregular heart rhythm that benefits from early diagnosis and treatment seeking proper care including early diagnosis and treatment can lower your risk for complications like stroke however if you have a prior diagnosis of afib or if you’re under the age of 22 this feature is not available for you it’s not available

For you if you have been diagnosed with afib but it’s designed to detect signs of afib now from your app itself you may get this notification it comes up in pink and it says set up now so that you can go in there and then all of your other data will show from there so here’s what happens when you say okay let’s set this thing up it first verifies your eligibility

And it again tells you if you’ve had a prior diagnosis or under age 22. so it prompts you with your birth date that you are registered with with the option of changing it just in case you forgot your actual birthday and then it asks you have you ever been diagnosed with afib yes or no and you have to choose one of those and you and your doctor know the answer to

That right it’s not been tested on people with a cardiac pacemaker or implanted defibrillator if you have one of those devices consult your doctor before using this feature okay it cannot detect heart attack blood clots stroke or other conditions if you think you’re having a medical emergency call emergency services so if you meet the criteria birth date and no

Diagnosis and hit next you can get in ah but not just yet again you gotta talk about privacy there’s an important note here irregular rhythm notifications is using your data to check for signs of afib how do they use your information well they collect your heart rhythm data and your motion data and that is used in accordance with our policies and that’s all

Scrollable by using this feature you authorize fitbit to use your data as described above in the fitbit privacy policy guys think about it for a second if you have afib you already know it you can’t use this feature they’re looking for people who have not been diagnosed to inform them that they’re detecting an irregular heart rate of some sort and recommending

You contact your doctor who then will possibly put you on some sort of a improvement plan which may include meds that you get from pharmaceuticals which are already probably being prescribed to people who already have afib and there’s an advertising opportunity here if your data collected properly and guided through presenting of ads on youtube and facebook and

Your tv shows start showing up with notifications of certain medications that might be applicable to a condition called afib i’m just saying they’re collecting your data and you’re giving them permission in order for them to assess whether or not you may have afib here’s how it works okay they collect the data you wear the device especially to sleep you open the

Fitbit app each day and sync your data and you just sit back and watch for a notification in the meantime your data is going through fitbit into google being assessed and analyzed and you gave them permission what do you do if you receive a notification well here we go getting notifications means that they saw an irregular rhythm that may be afib talk to your health

Care provider that’s great that that’s the first advice is you should always talk to your doctor your medical professional your health care provider and say hey my watch told me i should talk to you don’t change your medication or any health regime that’s between you and your doctor and you don’t want to modify any of that until you go over your situation and both

Of you agree on what you should be doing okay turn on the feature you hit that button after you’ve seen all this and now your watch sitting there silently collecting that data in the background especially when you sleep will be sending it to google for assessment and notification if they see something uh that is irregular so four things to know if you don’t get a

Notification it’s possible you may still have a fib they’re not always looking for it we can’t notify you of all the incidences of irregular heart rhythm that may be afib some people with afib don’t experience any symptoms at all and of course that wouldn’t show up for those that do common symptoms are these things like palpations chest pains fainting or feeling

Faint fitbit can’t check for heart attack stroke or other conditions it’s really only for this one thing especially with all the clinical tests that they’ve done and finally always talk to a health care provider about your notifications this feature cannot diagnose afib it can let you know if your heart rhythms show possible signs of it do not change your medication

And that’s it got it and you’re on your way you remember that opening screen i showed you we talked about this and said watch for a notification consider discussing with the healthcare provider here’s the rest of it what is afib it explains about that what are possible symptoms and it gives you a source that’s clickable and then you can view your notifications if

You have any after you registered this is how you would check it to see if you’ve had any and what does that look like like this you haven’t received a notification last analyzed date more about afib again over and over there are some scrollable visual resources here frequently asked questions how to prepare for an appointment got some screenshots of some of that

Your medical uh feature our proprietary algorithm has been tested in a clinical study and it can talk to you about that and then it gives you basic instructions for use that it’s not a replacement for medical diagnosis or treatment here’s what they recommend if you do get a notification that you may have afib or at least the indication of it how do you prepare for

Your appointment again don’t change your medication or regimen whatever you’re doing if you receive this take a deep breath and remember that it is not a diagnosis once you’re settled and not freaking out it’s a good idea to talk to a health care provider they can help you determine next steps and so forth here’s tips write down your symptoms and concerns have a

List of your medications handy including your vitamins and supplements because if you end up getting prescribed meds for this condition they need to know what the interactions might be get your insurance information ready to help your appointment go smoothly and possible other needs of using your insurance for medications that you might get just say it jot down

Any questions you have between now and your appointment and then here’s some helpful questions what might cause it are there other possible causes what types of tests will you need should you change your diet or exercise chronic conditions and what to do next this is a new feature i applaud google and their subsidiary fitbit for incorporating this technology

Into the device and it’s really nice to see that what they’re doing is notifying you to contact your health care professional but if you’ve watched tv and you know all the possible conditions that a person can be suffering from and that there’s a drug to take care of it and they show up everywhere i’m a little bit concerned obviously we live in a world of big data

And individual data and it’s tied to your medical records and your health conditions and this infusion this union of devices that can actually penetrate into your health at the moment and notify you of what’s going on with your body temperature your heart rate your blood oxygen your stress your fatigue your heart rate variability and your ecg including heart wave

Rhythm and acquire that just i recommend you really in this one at least this time look into the fitbit privacy policy and see if you’re really comfortable with how your heart rhythm data will be uh incorporated into the analysis that google’s going to be doing to provide you uniquely with a notification about your health this is not big data where you’re just

Going in with a million other people to see what the average of uh the people in the world are in terms of afib this is identifying you individually and specifically and notifying you to seek consultation with a medical professional why people who already have the diagnosis are being excluded i it boggles my mind i i anyway i got a lot of conspiracy theories

About it but i really don’t like going there without valid proof so just be careful if you don’t have a fitbit yet yeah you can get one using a link in the show notes down below if you find this interesting please give it a thumbs up and if you use the link to buy your fitbit it helps us out here at the channel to keep informing you about things like this as they

Come up thanks for watching everybody and we’ll see you again soon

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FITBIT Smartwatch Upgrade: Now Detect Atrial Fibrillation – Unless you actually HAVE AFib. What?Why? By SmartWatch Ticks