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Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech Talk' started by Diane Lane, Aug 26, 2016.
Haha...that great idea didn't last long.
I have a new app that I put on my iPhone that I really like, and think that some of the rest of the forum might like this one, too. It is called " Cardiio" and it will check your pulse almost instantly.
Because mine was fluctuating constantly with the irregular heartbeats, I wanted something to check my heart rate when I was not at home and didn't have my blood pressure cuff right there to tell me what my BP and heart rate were.
This neat little app works by using the camera and flashlight from the iPhone and scans the blood running through your fingertip. Remember when we were kids, and we held the flashlight up to our fingers and it made the light turn pink ? This is the same basic idea. When you put your finger over the camera and the light from the flash, the app can read your heart rate. It takes about 30 seconds for it to calculate the heart rate, and is pretty cool to watch it work.
I do not know if they have this app for Android or not; but here is the link to the Apple Store apps.
Cardiio - Heart Rate Monitor + 7 Minute Workout by Cardiio, Inc.
Edit: We must have been on the same wavelength , @Chrissy Cross ! this is an old thread and we both posted in it at the same time.
I do like that one! Going to get it now! Thanks, Yvonne.
Seems accurate, just sitting here it was 70 and that's about right.
@Yvonne Smith , did you try the cardio? Jumping jacks? YIKES, can you change the program?
Since I don't wear a bra, I'd have to hold my boobs if I'm doing a jumping jack and then it's not a jumping jack.
After jumping jacks it's wall sit, then push ups, then ab crunches (can do) and I haven't looked further but I wish I could set it to settings for someone with back issues.
I am sitting here and imagining you doing the jumping jacks while holding your breasts so that they do not bounce, @Chrissy Cross .......way too funny ! !
Anyway, no I do not do the cardio workout part. I just got the app to check my heart rate. I do not want it to go up high in any case. the doctor said I should keep it below 60 if I can, because when it speeds up is when it will go into a-fib.
So, I am still swimming and doing water exercises and walking with Bobby; but nothing that will push my heart rate up.
Sounds good Yvonne! I tried one jumping jack...nope, lol.
At 60? So, is my 70 bad...I'm not sure what it should be. My dr always checks it but never says anything.
With this app, it was waivering at 68-69-70 so I called it at 70.
I do not think that 70 is a problem for most people, and when my heart was working right, I was on the treadmill and at over 110 with no problems. However, after the heart went back into a-fib last fall, I can't take any chances of doing things that might push it out of sync. Even though I am on medicine (amioderone) to keep it in rhythm, I still have to be careful what I do.
For you, it should not be a problem, and 70 is not high.
Probably @Ken Anderson has a better answer for what a heart rate should be for a normal heart at our age. Plus, besides the heart problems, I am almost 10 years older than you are.
My ex has afib also. Think finally after all these years it's under control. It was scary I remember. In his case he could never tell it was beating at 140 sometimes...he didn't feel it. He ended up in ER and the hospital a few times.
I wouldn't worry about anything between 60 and 100 unless it varies greatly from your normal heart rate, keeping in mind that exercise will increase your heart rate. 60-100 is the average pulse rate range for adults, including seniors, while at rest. The important thing though, is whether your rate changes drastically. My normal heart rate is from 40-70, so if I have a pulse rate above that, it might something to be concerned about.
Here's what the American Heart Association has to say about target rates while exercising.
At 75, I note that my heart rate at rest is always below 70 bpm. I'm pleased with that, and monitor rate while walking the Riverwalk, 3 miles, where it increases no more than 10 bpm. Perhaps more importantly, I often look at my breathing rate. Years ago, my wife's Dad, a lifelong smoker, took 4 breaths for every one of mine. The intubated misfortunates we see everyday, oxygen hoses working to keep them alive, take as many as 30 breaths per minute. I am very fortunate, and feel lucky that I survive on 7 to 8. Frank
Respiratory rates are harder to accurately self-measure because we become self-conscious of our breathing when we know it's being measured. As a paramedic, I would pretend to still be checking the patient's pulse while I was counting the respiratory rate.
I don't think I've ever had that measured knowingly. As an ex smoker it's probably not great and that is what my mother eventually died from.
I have never smoked, and always had bad lungs. I was very premature, and born to an older mother (which can cause problems in itself), and my lungs did not develop fully, which is typical of premature babies.
Then, I have lived with someone who smoked for almost all of my life; so I am sure that my lungs are about as polluted as a smoker's lungs would be.
Even when I was a teenager, I huffed and puffed when walking somewhere, and now it is even worse with the heart problems. I remember they checked it at the hospital when I was there; but I don't remember what the reading was.
How is that checked? Maybe they do and I don't notice.
Just checked my pulse...65 this morning after a cup of coffee.
Not sure I have a favorite, but really use my grocery shopping app a lot. Banking app just started using few months ago is helpful.Puzzle and one game app...um oh and Nextdoor...like and use that often. I have never used phone for tv or music as I just watch tv for both thru Firestick. I check FB but ditch the app last year because it eats up way too much space.
Have had numerous health things on phone...ditched those to .
Aftervreading these posts perhaps I should check out some new apps...you all are making me sound like I am behind the times
I have Nextdoor too and like it a lot. Good to know what's going on in your neighborhood.
I also don't use the app for Facebook just saved Facebook to my home screen. This is on my iPad...I might have the app on my iPhone but I seldom look at it there.
I use the FB app, but only on the iPad because I never check any of that kind of stuff (including the forum) from my iPhone. Some of the apps, like the photo-scanning one, I have on both. I use the phone camera to scan in the photo, and then do the editing on my iPad Pro which is a lot easier for me to see what I am going.
Some apps, like the heart rate one, I just use on the phone, although I could easily use it on the ipad, too.
I also have the Nextdoor app; but I hate it. I have to turn the iPad sideways to read it, and I never access it from the phone, where it would be right side up.
We have something called "see, click, fix" that is for Huntsville, and it is an app where you can report problems to the city and they pass it along to whatever department takes care of those issues. I have to use it sideways, too; but I like it anyway.
Bobby says he thinks they took my respiration with one of the little finger caps like they check oxygen level, @Chrissy Cross .
I do get my oxygen and pulse taken with that finger cap and it wavers around 99 for oxygen and my pulse at the dr is usually 70.
The way we learned to do it was to. first palpate the pulse. Then, leaving your finger on the patient's pulse point, so that s/he would think we were still counting the pulse rate, secretly watch their respirations, and calculate a respiratory rate. Otherwise, once the patient knows you're counting their breathing rate, they'll change it and it will no longer be indicative of their real rate.
Later, when we got pulse oximeters, we'd pretend to be checking a pulse rate while we were actually getting the pulse rate from the pulse oximeter, and were actually checking their breathing rate.
I have no idea if the nurse does that, as she's the one that takes my vitals before the dr even comes in.
It's the dr though that listens to my heart and lungs.
My body temp has been between 96-97 for 13 years now. I never know when I have a low grade fever.
My normal body temp i 94 degree..for years.. odd tho, am always hot
Wow! I thought I mine was low....
@Yvonne Smith *yikes * you're scaring me with this '' I was very premature, and born to an older mother (which can cause problems in itself), and my lungs did not develop fully, which is typical of premature babies.''
I was not born to an older mother...but I was stillborn 10 weeks premature... never had any obvious problems with my lungs...although I have had pneumonia 3 times in my life.. the first at 2 years old... no high blood pressure tho'...and my BP is always what it should be , and no heart problems that I know ...but I've downloaded the app
It is probably not going to be a problem,@Holly Saunders , and if it was, you would know it by now; however, you might want to google premature baby and lung development.
My mother waited all through the depression and then the Second World War to have a baby because it didn't seem like a good time, and finances were hard.
By the time she was almost 40, the war was over, and she figured it was now or never for her.
The pregnancy was complicated because she also had a tumor growing in her stomach, and if they operated and removed the tumor, it would have terminated the pregnancy.
Her doctor warned her that if she didn't do that she would probably die (along with me); but she wasn't about to give up.
They waited as long as they could to give me a chance of survival while still taking the tumor out in time to save my mother.
Naturally, I was born c-section since they also removed the tumor at the same time.
When my mom heard that she had a live baby, she started praying for God to let her live, too; so that she could raise me, and His hand was on both of us.
My dad said that they had to put me on a pillow to have something to carry me around, I was so tiny. When babies are premature, not everything is fully developed, and the lungs are apparently one of the parts that is not developed completely.
I have always had breathing problems, and (aside from living with smokers) I am pretty sure that this is the cause of most of it.
However, it is totally worth it; because I grew up with parents who loved me, and I never doubted that.