It works as a standard HRM and at the same time records as a ECG
Remember when your parents started talking to their friends about other friends that had illnesses. It’s a time of life when health becomes, if not the main, one of the hot topics of conversation. It’s probably true to say that most of us get to our retirement age and with some underlying problem.
And so it started for me – it was last year and a very good endurance cyclist told me of their heart problems and the need for surgery. Arrhythmia was the cause and hot on the heels of this news, two other friends reported the same problem.
One raced at Olympic level and the other is an ex pro continental standard rider. One is under 50 and the other circa 60. Both have led otherwise healthy lives and they noticed very high spiking heart-rates when out riding.
Your GP may point out that cyclists are always looking at their heart rates and are therefore far more likely to spot any issues – selection bias, if you like. Normal Joe Bloggiah in the street, would not probably know what hear rate zones (and everything else HRM measuring related) are and probably would not care.
What happened to one of my friends was that every time he had tests, the problem did not show up. He rode his bike, got the problem – lay down at the side of the road and waited for his hear to settle and continued on. No tests in the surgery could replicate it.
The Wellue ECG/EKG monitor with AI analysis, enables you to wear the device just like a normal HRM. With bluetooth and Ant + connectivity, I connected it to my Garmin, Strava live on my iPhone and Zwift, RGT and MyWhoosh – the indoor virtual cycling apps.
The other benefit is to connect the device to Wellue’s smartphone app (iOS in my case) and gain live insights. Using my PC, I also recorded the training session and the analysis function on Wellue’s software meant that I could gain ‘medical grade’ analysis of my heart. Thankfully all is good. I also just happened to have a medical recently where the doctor used their own ECG and confirmed my findings.
The device comes with a chest strap and alternatively sticky pads. Personally, it was lovely to wear and my favourite HRM of the moment – even compared to the Wahoo Tickr and PowrLabs devices. Both these are solid and the Well ECG is just another level of analysis. Not that everyone needs it – it’s just nice to know that it’s there.
Price – this may be the sticking point for some. Almost £215 GBP and for the lower level circa £50 GBP heart rate monitor that does have a vibration alarm for unusually high heart rates.
We do test products over a good number of weeks here and whilst running and cycling, indoors and out. We have heard of some people reviewing this product and have questioned reliability. We can only speak of the unit that we have and we have had no issues and continue to use it.