Fitbit deploys ECG app on Charge 5


Fitbit launched its Charge 5 fitness tracker with an all-new design and color display in September, but it launched without two key software features: an EKG app and Fitbit’s new daily readiness score. which recommends the intensity of your workout. More than a month after the release of Charge 5, these features are now deployed.

The ECG app measures the rhythm of your heart to assess atrial fibrillation. To read, open the app, place your fingers on the stainless steel panels on either side of the Charge 5 and wait 30 seconds.

Each side of the Charge 5 has a stainless steel panel where you place your fingers during an ECG test.
Image: Fitbit

ECG apps are appearing in more and more wearable devices, including Fitbit’s own Sense smartwatch and the Apple Watch, but you shouldn’t take readings from apps as the definitive diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Research has shown that Apple Watch can signal several types of irregular heartbeats, for example, so if you have concerns about your heart health, see a doctor.

The new Daily Readiness Score uses the data tracked by your Fitbit to recommend an intensity level for your workout that day. Your Fitbit device measures your activity, heart rate variability, and sleep to calculate the score. A higher score means Fitbit thinks you can undertake a more intense level of activity, while a lower score means you should prioritize lower intensity training to aid recovery.

The Daily Readiness Score is a feature exclusive to Fitbit Premium, so if you want to use it, you’ll need to be a member of the $ 9.99 per month (or $ 79.99 per year) subscription service. However, it is supported by more Fitbit devices than the Charge 5; it’s also available on Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Luxe, or Inspire 2 starting Tuesday.


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