A Major Heart Health Feature Has Arrived With The Latest Fitbit Update

A Major Heart Health Feature Has Arrived With The Latest Fitbit Update

Nine of Fitbit's latest fitness trackers will be able to detect signs of atrial fibrillation without the need for an app after a significant firmware update from the company.

If you have an irregular or abnormally fast heartbeat, you may be suffering from atrial fibrillation (also known as A-fib). Although fitness trackers and smartwatches cannot diagnose a condition, the devices can provide warnings and produce reports that can be shared with a doctor.

Fitbit users in other countries will have to wait a little longer. Each country's authorities must give their approval before the company can begin offering A-fib detection, and approval times will vary. Most of the Fitbits in our list of the best are getting the new feature and many older models.

About Fitbit

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As with a traditional watch, a Fitbit acts as an activity tracker to keep tabs on how much time you spend doing various types of physical activity throughout the day. Trackers and watches are the two primary categories of Fitbits. On the other hand, a Fitbit Smartwatch offers smartphone-like functionality in addition to activity tracking.

Some Fitbits can also track your heart rate and sleep, and menstrual cycle to give you a complete picture of your health. This feature is available on some Fitbits that can even tell what exercise you're doing (swimming, biking, running, etc.).

Other features include on-screen workouts, breathing exercises, links to music streaming services for phone-free listening while exercising, calendar alerts, and Fitbit Pay, which is a lifesaver if you leave your wallet at home and forget to bring it!

Because Fitbit has so many models, there's a Fitbit for everyone. Whether you merely want to measure distance and determine how many miles 10,000 steps equal or monitor your heart rate during at-home exercises, there's a Fitbit for you.

Is Fitbit An Excellent Way To Monitor Your Health?

Some people find that Fitbits encourage them to walk more frequently. Regular walking can improve a person's fitness and well-being.

In the year 2020, people conducted a study. There is strong evidence that persons who walk at least 8,000 steps per day are less likely to die from diseases than those who walk less frequently.

A Fitbit-like gadget that records a person's daily steps, pedometers, was proven to impact health in a 2019 study positively.

Participants in a 12-week walking program were less likely to suffer from heart problems and fractures than those who did not join in the trial.

In another study from the year 2015, Fitbits, according to a study by a reputable source, can encourage people to work out more frequently.

According to the findings of this study, which included 51 postmenopausal women, those who used Fitbits saw an increase in their weekly physical activity and steps taken over those who used regular pedometers. 

What Can We Expect From The Latest Fitbit Update?

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Atrial fibrillation isn't the only condition that Fitbit can detect. Withings, Fitbit, Samsung, and Coros followed Apple's lead by launching their ECG apps last year.

The ability to passively detect signs of a potential problem sets the new Fitbit update apart. For a wearable device to see an issue, you have to sit down and initiate a scan yourself, which you may not often do if you feel fine.

Continuous A-fib monitoring is not possible with the Fitbit. You'll be checked periodically throughout the day, depending on whether you're sleeping or resting.

Keep an eye out for a new feature coming to your watch soon called Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications. 

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