How To Take An ECG On The Pixel See With The Fitbit ECG App
Google’s first-generation Pixel See boasts features that can rival the Apple See and Samsung Galaxy See, and among them is the ability to record an EGG right from the device. On the Pixel See, there are two main apps for fitness monitoring. The first is called Fitbit Today, and it shows a quick summary of the wearer’s fitness and health data for the current day. There’s a separate app called Fitbit Exercise which is used for tracking specific and intentional workouts on the smartwatch. But to take an ECG, the Fitbit ECG app is required, and it might not automatically show up on a user’s Pixel See.
To get started, open the Google Play Store on the Pixel See and search for the Fitbit ECG app. It should be noted that the Pixel See needs to be paired with the Fitbit app on a connected smartphone before users can download the app. After it is installed, open the Fitbit ECG app on the Pixel See. A prompt will ask users who have never recorded a Fitbit ECG before to set up the app on their smartphones. For previous Fitbit users, no further setup is required, and they can start recording ECGs immediately on their Pixel See.
To begin, press the blue ‘Open‘ button to finish setup on a connected Android smartphone. A prompt will appear on the Fitbit app that explains the Pixel See’s ECG functionality, which is designed to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) — a type of irregular heart beat. It also cautions that only a doctor can diagnose AFib, and reminds users that they can export a PDF of their results to share with a healthcare professional. Tap the ‘Get Started‘ button, and confirm that you understand the function of the Pixel See’s ECG. Results are only verified for users who are 22 years old or older. Follow the on-screen prompts and return to the Pixel See.
Make sure the Fitbit ECG app is open, and click the ‘Ready‘ button to start recording an ECG. Then, tell the Pixel See whether it is being worn on the left or right wrist. The app will instruct users to sit down and remain still for an accurate reading, and the wearer can tap ‘I’m sitting‘ to get started. The Fitbit ECG app will need permission to access sensor data about vital signs, so press ‘Allow‘ to agree to this. Press a finger on the tactile crown to complete the electrical circuit and record the ECG. It’s worth noting that some Pixel See users have reported issues recording an ECG using the Fitbit app, but this is likely to be resolved with a future update.
The Fitbit ECG app checks for signs of Afib, using electrical sensors to detect heart rhythm. On the Pixel See, these sensors are placed on the crown, which is why users need to place their finger on it to record an ECG. When a person’s skin comes in contact with these sensors, it can read electrical signals from their heartbeat. According to Fitbit, its ECG app offers the same functionality as a Lead I ECG that can tell the difference between Afib and normal sinus rhythm.
To find the Fitbit ECG app after it’s been installed on the Pixel See, press the crown to bring up the list of apps. Users can access their heart rhythm assessments by opening the Fitbit app on their phone, going to ‘Assessments & Reports‘ and then ‘Heart Rhythm Assessment.’ Next, tap on ‘View Results‘ to see all the recordings displayed with the corresponding date and time. Tapping on a result will bring up the option to export it as a PDF, right from the Pixel See.
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