Danish researchers (University of Copenhagen) evaluated the impact of this permanent data on our feelings. Focus on the FitBit connected watch with 27 users aged 28 to 74. According to the lead author of the study, Pr Tariq Osman Andersen, “these data encouraged them to do more sport for 6 months, and to become aware of abnormal symptoms”. But the users also experienced “more anxiety”, because of this overdose of information. The problem lies in the use of this data. “Users cannot necessarily interpret the data and tend not to consult doctors if they have concerns. “
In case of cardiovascular disease
To go further, Prof. Andersen’s team conducted 66 interviews with patients with cardiac arrhythmias and pacemakers, all owners of the FitBit watch. On the positive side, “patients say they are more connected to their disease, soothed when the sleep and physical activity indicators are good.” On the other hand, “the latter say they are extremely anxious at the slightest exacerbation of symptoms, modification of the heart rate and they quickly fear a myocardial infarction”. The downside therefore, this watch is suitable for sport and fitness, not the profiles of patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Note: medical follow-ups must therefore be adapted to the patient profile. Apart from illnesses, consultation with the attending physician may be necessary in the event of concerns. The same goes for health applications.