If you’ve bought a Fitbit Sense, you’ll be happy to know the device on your wrist can take ECG readings now in Europe and the US.
The wearable had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Conformité Européenne (CE) approval in the EU to record ECG only a few weeks ago. But Fitbit is not wasting any time and has already released the functionality into the wild. Reddit users in Europe and the US have started reporting they are now able to install the ECG app.
How to install the ECG/EKG app
The software should make its way to your device automatically, but if it hasn’t you can also do manual procedure as a workaround. To check if the upgrade is available you’ll need to go to the Fitbit app on your smartphone and open your profile. Click on apps and it should be listed there. If it’s not, you’ll need to exercise patience. Then just choose install the ECG/EKG app and the software will download and install. Make sure you are running the latest version of the Fitbit app before doing this.
How to take an ECG reading
The app brings ECG technology to your wrist allowing you to take readings on demand. This is the first Fitbit with the functionality. We’ve seen it on other watches before, including those made by Apple and Withings.
To take a reading open the ECG app and place your fingers on the corners of the stainless steel ring of the watch. The sensors are located in the frame and biosensor core of the device. After 30 seconds Sense and the smartphone app will show results which can be shared with a doctor at the press of a button.
The possible results are: Normal Sinus Rhythm, Atrial Fibrillation and Inconclusive. This last one appears if your heart rate is above 120 or under 50 beats per minute. It might also appear if you’ve moved too much while recording or placed your fingers incorrectly.
Fitbit says it has conducted a tests that illustrate the accuracy of its tech. This showed the device is 100% accurate in detecting normal sinus rhythm and 98.7% accurate in spotting AFib cases.
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