Seeking suggestions for 24/7 HR monitoring with alarm

Discussion in 'Stress Reduction, Pacing and Exercise' started by TJ_in_UT, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. TJ_in_UT

    TJ_in_UT Well-Known Member

    From the reading I've done lately CFS about anaerobic threshold (AT), it seems very important for CFS patients to stay below that rate as much as possible.

    I don't know what my AT is, but I've got an educated guess based on my experience and the formula shared in this page: http://www.cfidsselfhelp.org/librar...our-heart-rate-to-stay-inside-energy-envelope

    The problem now is finding a practical way of monitoring my HR throughout the day, and getting alerted when I go over a certain rate. I'd prefer a watch-style monitor because of the size. Do you have a recommendation?

    I know there are many fitness tracker watches out there now that monitor HR, but the trick is finding one with the upper limit alarm.
     
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  2. Not dead yet!

    Not dead yet! Well-Known Member

    Bump. Hmm, anyone with an EE degree also have ME/CFS?
     
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  3. dejurgen

    dejurgen Active Member

    No EE needed to find one. But on the online souks it helps to know if the product likely works as advertised.

    I entered "hart rat alarm" into the Amazon search windows.

    I got quite a list but tried to sort according to quality, usability, likelihood it works as advertised...

    General sorting considerations:
    * Some watches require you to touch sensors with your fingers: not useful as alarm
    * Search term alarm plus hart rate does not mean it gives an alarm on too high hart rate; it can be a clock alarm + a hart rate recording without alarm; when no good info is available I dropped them
    * Both hart rate monitoring by watch and by strap can be faulty, even for expensive makes as I learned when being on a sort of fitness program so reviews count too
    * (Chest) Straps are generally more precise but can become painful or irritating over time; dropped them as I believe the newer/better watches can do without + often difficult to "program"/set up
    * Good manual and/or user support or simple interface are a bonus.

    I retained 2 I *HOPE* are fit for purpose, few personal experience (but EE ;-))

    https://www.amazon.com/AMEMO-Finger...d=1544289097&sr=8-2&keywords=heart+rate+alarm

    Seems to be best buy, but fingerclip rather then watch: useful?
    Cheap, plus oxygen saturation meter (nice bonus); seems programmable but no info on how good manual is and hard to find online.
    "PARAMETER SETTINGS AND ALARM SETUP– You can set high / low alarm values for both SpO2 and PR, as well as turning alarm or beep on / off." I have a strong belief PR is pulse rate here.

    https://www.amazon.com/LAD-WEATHER-...&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=heart+rate+alarm&psc=1
    Watch with answer from seller on the site, so better custom support and online (fairly good) manual provided by manufacturer; Amazon unfortunately does not identify exact model so I think the correct manual is http://lad-weather.com/manuals/lad48im-en.pdf; see "5.4 Trip Mode - Heart Rate Zone Alert" in it plus "Heart Rate Alarm rings when heart rate is higher or lower than the preset heart rate zone " in Amazon discription page
    Heart rate tracking by watch backplate: does by just wearing it (can work well if not too dry skin and good product; is recent plus good reviews)
    -> Maybe ask specific questions to seller before buying.

    -> When ordering, please go through Healthrising to Amazon ;-).
    -> Please share experiences so others can enjoy this search more.
     
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  4. TJ_in_UT

    TJ_in_UT Well-Known Member

    Yes, searching Amazon, and probably other sites, is a hassle. That's why I was hoping for a personal recommendation from another forum user. The LAD watch does look promising, though. I actually own a pulse oximeter, and it can be useful, but it isn't what I'm looking for. But thanks for the suggestions!
     
  5. dejurgen

    dejurgen Active Member

    Since you own a pulse oximeter, do you see commonly oxygen saturation values drop late night / early morning at least an hour before getting up? Would be interested in your experience.

    Thx
     
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  6. TJ_in_UT

    TJ_in_UT Well-Known Member

    I don't know. I used to use it to check resting heart rate on rising, but never noticed O2 less than 90.
     
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  7. Not dead yet!

    Not dead yet! Well-Known Member

    Yeah mine is always above 90 also. They tell me that's normal. But I got a facer when I was caregiving for my MIL. Hers was 97 and she was having trouble breathing in an "air hunger" way that was very familiar to me.

    A pharmacy "clinic" MD told us to go to the hospital to have her airways cleared! That's when they use a strong albuterol type of airway expander on you (if you have asthma, you've had it probably). I forget if it was called breathing treatment, or something similar. I did a double take because I'd always been dismissed when I requested it, even though I have asthma, if my blood O2 was above 90.

    Apparently being elderly changes their mind.
     
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