Why the Heart Rate Feature Can Be Dangerous?
Some people may be more sensitive to the heart rate feature than others, but for most people, the feature can be problematic. The Apple Watch monitors your heart rate throughout the day and night to help you get a sense of your activity level. But if you have an underlying heart condition or take certain medications, the feature may not be for you. For example, it could lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. If you develop palpitations or irregular heartbeats while using the feature, see a doctor right away to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
What Is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition in which the heart beats irregularly and more rapidly than usual. It is also known as AFib or AF. The condition causes blood to pool and clot inside the atria, spontaneous electrical impulses occur, and the heart can beat wildly, not just occasionally but all day long. Blood clots can form in the heart and travel through the body to cause a stroke or to be fatal on their own.
Apple Watch May Not Detect AFib
How to Opt-Out of the Heart Rate Feature on Your Apple Watch?
Do you have a personal health device that gives you a constant heart rate reading? If so, you can opt-out of the heart rate feature by going to Settings, General, then select Privacy. Next to Heart Rate, just toggle off the box next to Send Pulse Oximeter Data to Apple. While you’ll still get a heart rate reading every hour, you’ll no longer have any activity data sent to Apple.
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I discovered that if you go to your Bluetooth settings on an Apple Watch and select “Turn off heart rate” (or simply tap “off”) your heartbeat sensor is disabled and data transfer to Apple is stopped. In my testing it appears to be a simple opt-out switch and not a workaround, which means that the heart rate sensor is no longer connected. Note that this works when manually turning the sensor off in Settings > General > Heart Rate.
The 5 Best Apps To Measure Your Resting Heart Rate
If you’re determined to opt-out of the Apple Watch heart rate feature, but still want to monitor your resting heart rate, there are plenty of apps that can do the job. Our five favorite are: AliveCor. The AliveCor app can monitor your heart rate on a daily basis. It connects to an FDA-approved electrocardiograph (ECG) sensor that clips onto the back of your phone. If a heart rate reading is detected, the app will send an automatic notification. Another cool feature is that you can record a video of your ECG, which could be useful if you’ve ever had issues with a doctor misreading your results. You can also use the app to record the ECG data on your phone and submit it to AliveCor for evaluation. The app is free, but a $9.99-per-month subscription is necessary to use full functionality, including daily heart rate readings and sharing statistics with a doctor. MyHeartRhythm