The ECG app for Fitbit Sense has gone live on devices in the US, UK and most European countries. It can now take a spot check of your heart rhythm, and the Fitbit will assess whether it’s an Afib or normal sinus rhythm. Afib is an irregular heart beat and is one of the leading causes of strokes in the US. The company received FDA clearance for the ECG feature last month and promised a “mid-October launch”, and they have kept their word. Fitbit validated its ECG feature in multiple, local studies across the globe.
According to the study it was able to detect Afib in 98.7% of cases, and was 100% accurate in identifying study participants with normal sinus rhythm. Multiple, local studies of the ECG feature were carried out worldwide and they showcased that the feature was successful in detecting Afib in 98.7% of cases. The studies also revelated that the feature could showed 100% accuracy in identifying subjects with normal sinus rhythm. Here’s how you take an ECG reading on Fitbit Sense. You can now see the ECG app in your menu screen on your Fitbit Sense. You have to go to the Discover section of the Fitbit app first, surf through the disclaimers, and learn about the different readings. Next, you need to open the app on the Fitbit Sense and hold the Fitbit Sense with your forefinger and thumb placed on the bottom left and top right corners for a 30 second test.
Post that you’ll get a reading on the device of what was detected. If you need a more detailed look at the result, go to Discover section of the Fitbit app and tap on it, you’ll see your ECG test with the time and date in the menu. You can also download the test as a PDF. But most important, Fitbit has highlighted that it cannot detect a heart attack, so emergency services should be your first call in case you feel any discomfort or pain in the chest.