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to think that a very low heart rate variability on my Iwatch is BAAAD?

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ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 19:39:55

Mine is 24.shock

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hannah1992 Mon 01-Jun-20 19:48:23

Really? Are you sure it’s working properly? I think you would feel quite poorly if your heart rate was that low.

Try taking your pulse manually and counting yourself

Curiosity101 Mon 01-Jun-20 19:50:21

If you're otherwise healthy then I'd try not to worry about it as it might not even be accurate. But if you are worried then speak to a GP.

AnnaNimmity Mon 01-Jun-20 19:53:38

mine's 14 apparently. Presumably that's really bad?!

ErrolTheDragon Mon 01-Jun-20 20:09:36

* Try taking your pulse manually and counting yourself*

The OP is talking about heart rate variability, not pulse rate.

https://www.whoop.com/thelocker/heart-rate-variability-hrv/

I hadn't ever looked at mine on my Apple Watch - coincidentally mine is 24 at the moment but the average for last month was 39 which is midrange for my age. The article I linked to mentioned hydration ... it's hot here today so maybe it's a blip.
Is yours always on the low side?

ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 20:16:42

Here’s my data.

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ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 20:17:06

It says my average is 24

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Zampa Mon 01-Jun-20 20:19:42

My HRV varies from high 30s to high 60s, depending on exercise, sleep etc. A low HRV shows that your body is either resting and repairing.

I think you have to be hyperfit to get near 100 odd.

Are you stressed? Run down? Not sleeping?

Lumene Mon 01-Jun-20 20:25:36

Mine is also around there and sometimes lower or a bit higher OP.

It worries me but I’m not sure what to do about it.

Anyone know if anything can be done to improve it?

ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 20:42:44

I am 49 and overweight, and yes, under stress

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Zampa Mon 01-Jun-20 21:21:18

Anyone know if anything can be done to improve it?

Diet, exercise and sleep.

And apparently a blast of cold water at the end of your shower. No thanks!

megletthesecond Mon 01-Jun-20 21:24:19

I've never heard of HRV before. My heart rate is low at night but I don't think my Garmin does HRV..

titchy Mon 01-Jun-20 21:31:19

I don't see how it's even possible for an i watch to measure that tbh, yet alone to any clinically accurate degree. You'd need a proper ecg to tell you that. So. Don't worry.

ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 21:36:29

Apparently the data for iwatch is accurate because it’s effectively just relying on the heart monitor side of it and the rest is an algorithm

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23trains Mon 01-Jun-20 21:37:09

Where can you see the HRV?

23trains Mon 01-Jun-20 21:38:47

Found it!

titchy Mon 01-Jun-20 21:53:25

Whilst a proper ecg would be looking at the actual difference between the R waves, not substituting one measurement for another then applying an algorithm. I watches are NOT clinical telemetrics and should not be assumed to be.

GrumpyHoonMain Mon 01-Jun-20 21:54:16

Yes the Apple iwatch HRV is considered very accurate - several relatives have used the data to get referrals to cardiologists. Talk to your GP asap

CherryPavlova Mon 01-Jun-20 21:57:20

Get someone to actually take your pulse. Chances are it’s a poor connection. If it’s accurate (very unlikely) either you are an elite athlete or need a pacemaker.

ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 22:09:09

Cherrypavlova taking my pulse has nothing to do with this. This is the interval between beats, not the beats per minute, plus an elite athelite would typically have one that is much much higher!

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titchy Mon 01-Jun-20 22:10:45

But is has to detect the beats in the first place!

titchy Mon 01-Jun-20 22:11:56

Seriously there's a reason why hospitals use Ecg monitors and not I watches you know.

GrumpyHoonMain Mon 01-Jun-20 22:15:12

I think a lot of people here have no idea what the HRV is. Speak to your GP - if a cardiologist does find a problem they may ask you to send your data from the iwatch as it is considered good enough in conjuction with a blood pressure monitor.

ExShield Mon 01-Jun-20 22:21:57

Thanks GrumpyHoonMain. That’s what I think I’ll have to do. My SATS are ok and my BP is 120/90 and resting pulse (taken on oximeter) was 71.

And I have had a LOT of stress lately.

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ThirtySomeThin Mon 01-Jun-20 22:25:02

I thought the lower the better - is that not right? Can anyone point me to a link for HRV by age?

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