Finally, Fitbit is Medically Useful: Once at Least

US doctors recently used pulse-rate information recorded by a Fitbit to decide how to treat a patient Having a heart attack.

Wrist activity trackers such as Fitbits have had a mixed reception by the medical profession, with some doctors claiming they have little clinical use.

But a recent case in a New Jersey emergency department has shown that wearable health devices can provide doctors with crucial information at critical moments.

The case, reported in Annals of Emergency Medicine, involved a 42-year-old man with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation.

The patient arrived at the emergency department 20 minutes after having a seizure. He was treated with diltiazem on scene, after ER medical staff detected an irregular pulse rate… Read More>>

Source: Felicity Nelson via Medical Republic

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