watchos

Set low and high heart rates on your Ap­ple Watch to en­sure your alerts be­come more rel­e­vant

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Al­though you’ve long been able to get alerts when your heart rate rises above a set level for a pe­riod of ten min­utes of in­ac­tiv­ity, only with watchos 5 can you be no­ti­fied when your ticker’s beats-per-minute (bpm) drops be­low a cer­tain level. It’s an im­por­tant ad­di­tion, be­cause a low heart rate can in­di­cate a se­ri­ous con­di­tion such as an elec­trolyte im­bal­ance or coro­nary artery dis­ease. Be­ing alerted to such a drop means you can hot foot it to the doc­tors to get treat­ment.

In or­der to make best use of the fea­ture, you may want to bet­ter tai­lor it to suit your body. As it stands, Ap­ple Watch will alert you if your bpm falls be­low 40 at rest, but you can al­ter that to 45 or 50. Sim­i­larly, you’ll be alerted by de­fault if your bpm rises above 120 at rest, and again this can be changed. For most peo­ple, a rate of 60 to 100 bpm is con­sid­ered nor­mal, and any­thing lower than 60 is slow, so that’s worth bear­ing in mind.

Set­ting heart rate no­ti­fi­ca­tions on your Ap­ple Watch is a good safety net if any­thing goes awry…

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