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Will Fitbit warn me when heart rate is too high?

Will Fitbit warn me when heart rate is too high?

Monitoring heart rate is one of the primary reasons that consumers decide to purchase a fitness tracker. Having the ability to monitor your heart rate when resting, as well as during training sessions, is an extremely valuable feature.

The Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 and Charge 5 will notify you if your heart rate is detected to be outside of your low or high threshold when you’re inactive for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once you receive the notification, tap Open, and tap the notification in the Fitbit app to get more information regarding the alert.

How do I set a custom heart-rate threshold on my Fitbit?

On newer Fitbit devices, such as the Fitbit Charge 5:

  1. Open the Fitbit app
  2. Tap your profile picture from the “Today” tab
  3. Tap “High & Low Heart Rate”
  4. Turn on the “Custom” option in the High heart rate or Low heart rate section
  5. Tap “Threshold” and select a new threshold

On older devices, such as the Fitbit Charge 4:

  1. Open the Fitbit app
  2. Tap your profile picture from the “Today” tab
  3. Tap “Activity & Wellness”
  4. Tap “Heart Health”
  5. Check the “Custom Max Heart Rate” box and enter a maximum BPM
  6. Check the “Custom Heart Zone” box and enter a custom upper and lower BPM limit
  7. Tap “Done” in the upper right-hand corner

What to do if Fitbit notifies you of irregular heart rate?

Depending on your BPM, the data in the report, and if you’ve had previous or ongoing heart issues, you might choose to take several courses of actions when you are notified of a high or low heart rate.

First, you may choose to rest for a few minutes and take another reading to ensure the original notification was actually accurate. This could help prevent a false alarm or inaccurate Fitbit reading. Second, you might decide to reach out to your doctor or a physician to see if further action is necessary. Lastly, you might decide to call 911. If you are experiencing other symptoms and you’ve had previous heart issues, such as a heart attack, it is totally acceptable to act immediately.

How to turn heart rate notifications off on Fitbit?

If you decide that you no longer want to be notified if your heart rate falls outside of your low or high thresholds, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Fitbit app
  2. Tap your profile picture from the “Today” tab
  3. Tap “High & Low Heart Rate”
  4. Disable the notifications

Looking for something even more accurate than wrist-worn monitors? Chest-strap monitors are widely regarded as the most accurate heart rate monitors on the market. Click below to check out one of our favorites, the Polar H10 chest-strap monitor with built-in GPS.

Polar H10 Chest Strap Monitor w/ Built-In GPS

Conclusion

Heart rate monitors and fitness trackers are extremely useful tools that have the ability to provide you with life-saving information regarding your heart health. Fitbit makes some of the most widely-used heart rate monitors in the world. Having heart rate notifications configured correctly and enabled on your Fitbit is always recommended, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions or you’ve previously had heart issues, such as an irregular heart beat.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read our article on the “10 Best Heart Rate Monitor for Running”.