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Jun 6, 2008
Heart Rate Monitors

Heart rate monitors used to be exclusively operated by physicians and nurses alone but that was soon rectified with today's multi-tasking generation. Every person seemed to want to know about everything that was related to them and that of course included monitoring their own heartbeats.

Also known as a cardiac monitor, a heart monitor is a piece of electronic equipment that can be used to track or observe heart functions continuously. It allows people to place a numerical value on their healthiness based on their heart rate and have a target heart rate to work for. The more complex versions of the heart monitor allow physicians to see any signs of deterioration or improvement and make the necessary adjustments immediately.

Heart monitors are produced by the millions and designed to cater specific types of individuals. Some heart monitors are primarily designed for weight loss programs while others are meant for the use of athletes or fitness programs. Some are wireless or come as a built-in feature of exercise equipment like a treadmill or an exercise bike. It can be strapped to your wrist or of considerable size. It may or may not emit any electromagnetic waves, depending on its purpose. A fetal heart monitor, for instance, must not produce any waves at all as this may affect the health of the baby.

Factors on Selecting the Best Heart Monitor for You

Chest Strap monitors are not the most accurate. The device is strapped around the chest with a device that is able to detect the electrical activity of the heart and transmit it back to a monitor that is attached to ones wrist. Some prefer the results in audio transmitted via earphones.

Be sure to keep the straps snug to insure accurate readings if you choose the chest strap type.

The only other alternative to chest straps right now is the fingertips. These provide inaccurate reading and are not reliable.

Basic monitors usually come with heart rate and elapsed time. This generally is not enough information. Higher end models of course offer more including heart rate zone alarms, timers and number of calories burned. It may also allow users to set pre-programmed workouts along with a targeted heart rate.

Regardless of the monitor you choose be sure it is easy to use. What good would a high end heart monitor do if it takes you an hour to operate it? Are the numbers and words appearing in the heart rate monitor readable? Can it be used in no-light situations?

To Buy or Not to Buy a Heart Monitor Heart monitors can be especially costly, more so if you are intent on purchasing higher-end models. Be sure you have a real need for one. You can of course purchase one of the lower-end models but low quality heart monitors can lead to inaccurate results and that sort of defeats the purpose of buying one.

There are many exercise equipment that have monitors built in so a heart monitor purchase does not have to be a solo purchase. And finally remember to pay your doctor visit and have him monitor your rate for you.
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