Doctor, can I trust my new watch for heart rate and ECG recording?

In this short video , I go over the technology available to patients to monitor their heart rate and take ECG recordings. I outline the evidence regarding their reliability and how they might impact clinical practice. I also talk about the new technology on the horizon.

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Smartwatches and other wearable technology which can provide heart rate readings have become increasingly popular and clinicians are seeing with increased frequency patients concerned about the numbers they are getting.

Here I give an overview of the devices available and which ones can be trusted for heart rate recording and which cannot, based on evidence from research.

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Stephen Dorman

I am a consultant cardiologist at the Bristol Heart Institute where I specialise in coronary and structural intervention. I am the clinical lead for the coronary intervention and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) services at the BHI. I undertook my interventional fellowship at Hopital Bichat in Paris , before moving to Swansea and then Bristol and have been a consultant for 10 years.
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3 months ago

Excellent overview. Thank you.