Saturday, February 23, 2019

How to turn on heart rate alerts on your Garmin wearable

Garmin has recently introduced a new feature on select wearables and its called abnormal heart rate alerts, a feature that could alert you to an issue with your heart when you are resting. Here is how it works and how to enable it on your fitness wearable.

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The feature has been on the Apple watch for some time now since WatchOS 4, so Garmin to add this is simply playing catch up with a feature I am surprised as not been implemented before

What is Garmin abnormal heart rate alerts

If you’re inactive for 10 minutes or more and your device detects that your heart rate has gone above and stayed above your entered threshold for a period of time, your Garmin wearable will alert you to this, prompting you to take action.

Which Garmin wearables support it

Currently, the following Garmin wearables support abnormal heart rate alerts

  • Garmin Vivosmart 3
  • Garmin Vivomove 3
  • Garmin Vivosport
  • Garmin Vivoactive 3 range
  • Garmin Forerunner 645 (Beta)
  • Garmin Forerunner 935 (Beta)
  • Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Series (Beta)
  • Garmin Fenix 5 Series (Beta)

How do I enable it?

Enabling the abnormal heart readings on your Garmin wearable differs from each device.

Vivosmart 3, Vivomove 3 or Vivosport

You will need to open Heart Rate Settings on the watch, turn on Abnormal Heart Rate Alerts, and choose a heart rate threshold. The default value is 100 beats per minute, but you can set this to what you like based on your fitness and age.

Vivoactive 3 range

you will need to swipe up on the watch face to access the heart rate widget. Hold the screen to open the menu, select Heart Rate Settings>Abnormal Heart Rate, turn the alert on and choose the desired threshold.

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Forerunner 645, 935, Fenix 5, Fenix 5 Plus (currently in Beta)

You will need to press down key until the heart rate widget appears. Hold the up key to open the menu, select Heart Rate Options>Abnormal Heart Rate, turn on the alert and optionally adjust the threshold value.

I would like to point out that this feature should not be used and relied on as a medical device and if you are worried about irregular or abnormal heart rates then you should go and see your doctor ASAP.


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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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