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  1. I like the Charge HR, it's very good for monitoring resting heart rate like others have said but I also haven't found it to be very accurate or quick to update when your heart rate is changing quickly... sometimes takes it quite a while to realize that my heart rate has just gone up by 40BPM. So if you're picturing quickly glancing at your Fitbit to check your pulse while you are trying to do normal daily activities (like I was) it probably wont be satisfying. It's great for keeping track of how well I've been doing based on my activity level, though: I judge my activity level by the number of
  2. Hi all, It's really tricky taking your blood pressure when you stand... make sure you have someone supporting your arm so your BP cuff is at heart height or otherwise it will read much higher than it actually is. I have noticed that medical assistants often screw this up and let the arm hang by your side.... that's absolutely going to lead to really high readings: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2911816/ I also have a BP rise when I stand. My BP while lying down can get as low as 125/77, and standing I've seen it climb to 165/110 with a heart rate just over 100 BPM. I haven't had t
  3. Have you ever tried measuring your blood pressure while this is happening? Those are times when your BP would generally be quite high: Sitting or lying after walking/exercise can cause a large spike in BP even in normal people, and depending on your flavor of dysautonomia the spikes could be abnormally large. The heart rate should go down reflexively when BP is high, so that might make sense based on your description. Even if you normally have low orthostatic BP, you may still have sharp spikes in these cases. If your diastolic BP (the lower number) is much over 100 or the systolic BP is over
  4. Hi all, Here are a couple notes on the Fitbit from my experience with it: I have been using the Fitbit Charge HR continuously for two months or so, and I do like it a lot. But based on what I've seen, it seems the heart rate feature is very "laggy", slow to respond to changes in heart rate. For me it can take several minutes to adjust to a change in my heart rate, especially if my posture has shifted (I think it's sensor has to recalibrate when blood pressure in the wrist changes). Maybe this is fine for a non-POTS individual doing some cardio exercise over 20-60 minutes, but for me, my HR c
  5. Hi sleepy_lady! I have experienced this. I think it's very normal (not just POTS normal...) to see dramatic pulse rate increases when you move around at night or just after waking. Here's a point of reference: http://completingbutnotcompeting.blogspot.com/2010/02/overnight-heart-rate-monitoring.html For me, early on my "symptom anxiety" actually worsened things like this... I'd wake up to find my pulse rate high, then get anxious that I was having some sort of unstoppable POTS attack, which caused further symptoms. These days, when I feel or observe something odd happening with my body, I just
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