Helpful tips to using a Heart Rate Monitor!

Occasionally the monitor will read a high HR which is actually double the correct HR.  This is due to the band electrodes picking up the electrical voltages from both the large QRS wave and the T wave.

The sensitivity of most ECG equipment and HR monitors is set for humans, thus counting the high T wave is a common finding.

Turning the band around 180 degrees and therefore swapping the electrode position, may change the voltages enough to correct this problem.  

Check with a stethoscope.

Often as the HR slows even further, it will display the correct HR.

The monitor can sometimes take longer than normal to display a HR.  

This is usually due to;

  • lack of moisture on the coat causing poor electrode contact
  • the band is too low
  • the electrodes and not sitting flat on the horse.

The HR monitor is a very useful tool for speeding up the strapping process at an endurance ride.

The HR is obtained by a different physiological process to using the stethoscope and the instantaneous HR is able to be measured thereby allowing a better insight into how the horse is recovering from the endurance activity being asked of it. 

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