My polar watch was acting erratic when displaying my heart rate. For example, when I ran on the treadmill it said 90bpm and then it jumped all the way to 210 bpm. After I got off the treadmill, the watch was stuck on 210bpm for at least 15 minutes, even though my heart rate had been lower than 210bpm for at least 10 minutes. How do I get the watch to read my heart rate more accurately without it jumping around from very low to very high numbers and getting stuck on numbers?
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Re: Inaccurate Measurements of heart rate
Replace the battery. Then make sure that it is placed on the proper artery that it is supposed to be on. If your heart rate was 210 you would be in the hospital with a heart attack. And also the only person I know with a heart rate of 90 when running is Lance Armstrong. Your heart rate should be about 120 to 135 and it will just around in those areas but should never go higher
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i guess stopped of use your strap for a long period of time. so you need to nicely clean the strap and try a lot of times until it work again. I happend to me before and the strap worked only after the 10th session on the treadmill
First you need to understand that the Polar system is a medical grade device and it is calculating calories based on specific information that you have inputed and heart rate data from your heart.
Most treadmills and other exercise machines use a much simpler counter that is height and weight based to calculate calories and are generally over generous with their numbers.
Depending on the blood pressure machine you are using, the pulse (not heart rate) is coming through the brachial artery, again not quite as accurate as measuring r-r variance from your heart. There is a ton of literature you can read if you are into the accurateness of the system, but I will sum up with saying that you actual calorie expenditure will be closer on the Polar than on most other devices outside of a hospital. As too the heart rate this is also true, so more likely you are getting inaccurate numbers from the other devices.
If you want pinpoint accuracy then you will need to use the Polar RS800 or S810 devices that measure and display true R-R.
If Heart Rate is being displayed on the equipment in the gym, but not your watch, then your chest strap is transmitting fine, but the watch is not recieving the signal.
It is not uncommon that when a battery is changed outside of a polar authorized service center that something can happen to the internal electronics. I would suggest you send the watch into Polar and have them take a look. if you have had the watch less than 2 years they will most likely take it under warranty and correct the issue, at the very least they have equipment to test and diagnose both the watch and strap, although it sounds like your HR strap is fine since you are getting HR on the machines.
This is a common issue. The Polars and other Heart Rate monitors are not designed to be fixed by the consumers except for very specific models. These only look like watches, they are in fact mini computers and very susceptible to internal damage if not handled properly.
You need to send the unit it to a Polar Authorized Service Center to have fixed properly. There is not reset within the computer, if you had done everything correctly then it would work.
Check out my tips and tricks section for a guide on troubleshooting heart rate readings.
One other possibility if you changed the battery yourself (never recommended) is that some damage or moisture has gotten into your watch and made it impossible for the watch to read heart rate. This is a more common reason than you think and why all manufactures of Heart Rate monitors and other types of watches have you send them in to their authorized service centers.
no it shouldnt be cause the heart rate would be based off your pulse
im not a heart specialist but ive had my share of heart polups and a faulty valve in my heart
i was told by my doctor that the heart rate is monitored by bloodpreasure threw the veins pulse so i dont think that the size of the watch would make a difference this is in my opinion based off my own docs words hes the doc what can i say
but recommend that you speak with your doctor about heart monitor watches they know more indepth about these devices or your local pharmacy