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Old 12-05-2024, 10:34 AM
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Advice re smart watch.

I did have one but just did not work as expected however I saw the potential. ...and I Think we have discussed this before however time has passed and I seek input...

Ideal for me...is blood pressure, and if they have it oxygen levels... After those it is a bonus...but carefree and reliable ...these are life preservers for me... just those would make my life better..I have the blood pressure thing and an oxygen thing but if on my wrist it would be great...

Anyways personal experience greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-05-2024, 10:19 PM
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Alex, I have a Samsung Smart Watch, it links to the Samsung Health app on my phone. It does blood pressure (after you calibrate it with a blood pressure cuff). It also does ECG, which basically examines your wave form looking for irregularities like Arterial Fibulation (AF). It tracks all the usual stuff, like how far you walk each day, sleep quality duration, etc. Follow this link to learn all about the Oxymetre feature:

https://www.samsung.com/au/support/m...oxygen-levels/


. There is also a Samsung Smart Ring due out in July which will bring new features. I used to have Fitbit watches, which were great for activity but very poor on health stuff. I plan on getting the Samsung Ring once I find out how It will integrate with the watch. The Samsung Watch also connects to your phone via Bluetooth and can receive messages direct to your watch. Many other features. It is an Android type platform. If your using an Apple phone then there is an Apple Watch with similiar functionality.
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Old 13-05-2024, 03:32 AM
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Thanks Glen
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So thats a guitar and a watch you have put me onto this week...I think I need to put you on as my exclusive purchasing executive.

I haven't ordered yet as I really am not sure ... The pressure seems off a little as my oxygen monitor seems to be working quiet well now...good news I hiit 94 once ( talk about happy) and even after some exertion managed 91 last night ...it has been freaking me out when dropping down past 90 but I am starting to think I was not getting good contact.

Thanks again ( and thanks very much for the guitar heads up as it seems to be the answer for me... excellent reviews everywhere).

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Old 15-05-2024, 03:02 PM
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I tried a cheap ($79) Alid thing, I should toss it, it was far from accurate on anything. I once slept for 36 hours straight according to it, truth is 8 days with not a seconds sleep has been common my entire life and that's on top of the strongest sleeping medication the doctor can prescribe.
I've heard though if you spend more money (something I never have) the quality and accuracy improves.
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Old 15-05-2024, 08:47 PM
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I have an appointment on Monday at Telstra (cause they were all sick when I called last Tuesday) . ..My tablet went down, my phone has shattered screen etc, I am on a plan probably over the top price wise these days... and they have the smart watches..I am getting the lot , phone, tablet and good watch the best that will actually work and do the job I expect or nothing at all....the tablet is my only entertainment ( excluding scopes guitars) so its worth whatever I have to pay per month... Hang the real debt....And perhaps see the what goes when someone dies where they stand..er lay

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Old 17-05-2024, 03:28 PM
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Hi Alex,
If you go to Amazon, you'll see heaps of Smart Watches that measure blood glucose. They are all lying. The ones that measure blood pressue - they do.....and give wrong answers.

There may be some high end ones that come close to doing what they claim. Type their model number into YouTube and find a review where someone actually checks the features against real equipment.

My one actually measured sleep reasonably well for several months, but is just telling me garbage now.

When I most need a watch is when I'm driving somewhere for an appointment and want to check the time. With a dumb watch it is easy. With a Smart one, one has to shake one's wrist and hope the screen shows up, and even if it does, if wearing sunglasses one still can't read it.

The only useful thing about them is that if one wakes up in the middle of the night, one can easily check the time.
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Old 17-05-2024, 03:37 PM
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Thanks...I am flip flopping...

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Old 20-05-2024, 01:31 PM
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If you go to Amazon, you'll see heaps of Smart Watches that measure blood glucose. They are all lying. The ones that measure blood pressure - they do.....and give wrong answers.

Though only relatively cheap my Aldi thing showed blood pressure. It showed my blood pressure as good all of the time though I was dubious of the amount of steps it showed. Then at a doctors appointment he put the sphygmomanometer on my arm and told me my blood pressure was extremely high. I disputed the fact because I've always suffered from low blood pressure. I ended up buying my own proper machine and keep a regular check on it now.
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Though only relatively cheap my Aldi thing showed blood pressure. It showed my blood pressure as good all of the time though I was dubious of the amount of steps it showed. Then at a doctors appointment he put the sphygmomanometer on my arm and told me my blood pressure was extremely high. I disputed the fact because I've always suffered from low blood pressure. I ended up buying my own proper machine and keep a regular check on it now.
I went to Telstra and got me a new phone, new tablet and the most expensive smart watch because it occurred to me that unlike buying elsewhere I know where they live and if there is any shortcoming in what I asked for I will demand the contacts be rescinded as I am able to do under the provisions of the Trade Practices Act.

I had to up my outlay on my plan but I will not notice the relatively small increase in the least...

So far I have been able to use the watch for text messages and that convenience is wonderful...
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Old 21-05-2024, 11:17 AM
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I think a good quality smart watch would be a wonderful thing. I probably expected too much for my $79.
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Smart watches are not healthy...
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Well so far I am still trying to figure out how to use the watch for the reasons I bought it...Blood Pressure and Oxygen levels...I am having all sorts of issues but staying calm until it all comes together as it will...however already I just love the fact that I can talk on the watch instead of the phone andbsame for text messages...both were unexpected but the convenience is just wonderful...

AND got me some cheap wireless headphones that has taken my music appreciation to a new level...prior all my music came via the phone speaker so the upgrade is somewhat mind numbing...


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Old 29-05-2024, 10:24 PM
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Though only relatively cheap my Aldi thing showed blood pressure. It showed my blood pressure as good all of the time though I was dubious of the amount of steps it showed. Then at a doctors appointment he put the sphygmomanometer on my arm and told me my blood pressure was extremely high. I disputed the fact because I've always suffered from low blood pressure. I ended up buying my own proper machine and keep a regular check on it now.
Yes, my smart watch showed my pressure to be fine too, when our Omron units showed it to be much higher.

There's a video on YouTube where a chap compares the blood sugar readings from cheap, medium and expensive priced smart watches against his actual readings from a proper unit. The watches all seemed to give "nice" readings divorced from the real readings.

Maybe the smart watches just want one to feel happy?

Just to confuse matters, I have a much higher blood pressure reading when measured on my right arm than when measured on my left. A specialist got very frustrated with my readings that she put me in a room with an automatic machine, that measured it every five minutes....and it kept coming down with each measurement.

I suggest experimenting with your unit just to make sure you don't have something similar, else you'll do as I did - take more pills than I needed to, in order to bring the pressure down. Then wondering why I felt flat.
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The bright side is by virtue of the smart watch taking off it must meet the expectations of the market...and that will happen...I still don't know how to get my blood pressure or oxygen levels but my daughter says she will help soon...but in the mean time I have pulled out the conventional blood pressure unit and take my pressure first thing....

If anything it's probably a little low...next I will get back to recording the readings....and hopefully transfer the discipline to managing the watch data.

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