I am a hypochondriac. I used to be worse. When I was happy my heart raced. When I was upset my heart raced. I used to walk around feeling my pulse expecting my heartbeat to stop. I did this until something else came along to distract me. I had forgotten all about that part of my neuroses until I saw a runner on Lincoln Road in Miami the other day stop to take his pulse. He did it the old fashioned way by just applying his fingers on one hand to the pulse on his other. He saw me watching him so I struck up a conversation.
I remarked, “I thought you would wear a gadget for that?” He said he can’t stand wearing anything on his arms when he runs, but he does strap his iPhone to his waist. He looked like he was a mean, lean, running machine. I asked why it was so important for him to take his pulse. He said his doctor felt his “recovery rate” from the highest numbers he achieves per minute while running was too slow. In other words, it took longer than usual for his heart to return to his normal count. He told me that a lot of people have that problem but it is unusual for active folks who like to run, swim or play ball.
I was so proud of myself. I told him about Instant Heart Rate, an app that can quickly tell you how fast your heart is beating every minute. I demoed it on my iPhone. The runner was amazed, as are most people I show this app to. By simply placing the tip of your finger on the iPhone camera , your heart rate will be displayed, much like in Emergency Rooms. The same technique is used by medical pulse oximeters. The real time chart will show you every heartbeat. It looks like an EKG chart.
It is so difficult to fathom. The phone you use to make calls is now a heart monitor. What will they think of next? Don’t answer that!
The runner profusely thanked me and went jogging off. I got so excited that lazy old me showed someone of his caliber a cool tool, my heart started racing. My neurosis kicked in so I used the Heart Rate monitor to see if I had really worked myself up. The results? Only, 75 on the Heart Rate monitor. No need to worry!