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Any electronic signal in your home (or wherever you are) can interfere with the measurement of HR on one of these home devices. So a cell phone, wifi, etc can screw it up.   Otherwise the apple watch is pretty accurate.  If you have a doubt, just  manually count your pulse.

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3 hours ago, Lisa C said:

My Apple Watch is showing very high heart rates when I stand .

This is actually "normal" for POTS 😒 - that is why they call it Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It is one of the hallmark symptoms - so don't be surprised if your watch is accurate.

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@Pistol I guess I was hoping it was wrong, ugh my HR went up to 179 today ! Just picking up a few twigs on my lawn. I think I’m in the denial stage thinking I’ll just get over this and find the right meds. This HR was on meds! 10 mg of Midodrine 3xs a day. I want to try propanol to see if it helps . The Apple Watch is what made me start thinking I had POTS. I also measure HR with Pulse Oximeter but I never see it above 116 maybe 120 . 

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@Lisa C - yes, I am intimately familiar with the denial phase!!!! I think we all are. I am surprised that you are not yet on a beta blocker, since that is commonly the first med doctors prescribe for the tachycardia. I too was on Midodrine, but when my second autonomic specialist diagnosed HPOTS he said it does not help for HPOTS.  I responded very well to Carvelidol ( after I had tried Metoprolol and Bystolic without good results ), and I also needed calcium channel blocker for high BP despite the Beta blocker. If your EP decides to start a BB please know that initially it will make you tires - and that is a normal side effect that will go away after the inital few first weeks. Also they get normally started on a very low dose, so it may not show significant difference in the beginning until it gets slowly increased. 

7 hours ago, Lisa C said:

Just picking up a few twigs on my lawn.

Huh - that will do it!!!! The up-and-down motion is extremely bad for us, I cannot even hang laundry without becoming symptomatic!!!!

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I never knew what my problem was until I got my Apple watch last Fall.  I always knew I felt "weird" when I stood up and sometimes felt faint, but didn't know what was happening until I noticed my heart rate jumps on my watch/phone.  I think my first day of monitoring my HR, I noticed a jump from 47 to 127 after 1 minute of standing.  Then, after about 3 or 4 minutes, it goes back down.  Recently, I haven't had any huge swings - mainly around 30-40 increase in rate.

Yup, bending over to do yard work gets my heart rate up fast - often up in the 150's-160's depending on how long I bend over.  When I stand up after bending down for a long time is when I almost pass out.  No fun for sure!

 

 

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