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Heart Rate Recovery (HRR) s one of the best indicators of overall cardiovascular health and training level. Heart Rate Recovery is the difference between a heart rate sample captured immediately following extended vigorous exercise and a second heart rate sample captured after a short rest interval. Results from the Framingham study confirm that Heart Rate Recovery can be an independent risk factor for future ischemic events.

Before HRRMate, checking your HRR number while in the field or on the court has been a difficult, inaccurate and sometimes expensive process. This is no longer the case! With HRRMate, capturing this important number is as easy as tapping your finger. HRRMate is a 4 screen app that utilizes a tab bar for navigation and is designed to be used sequentially, starting with the first screen. Lets explain:

Screen 1 captures your heart rate immediately after vigorous exercise. It is designed to accurately capture the heart rate from a sample as short as 10 seconds. Screen 1 has a countdown timer with a start button and a second, very large button for finger tapping your heart beat. The timer has a built in 3 second lead so you can find your carotid pulse (the one in your neck) and begin tapping. While one hand feels the carotid pulse, the other hand is used to tap in cadence into the screen. Tapping with the thumb usually works best. Getting it right might take a little practice and closing the eyes or looking away helps. There is no need to look at the iPhone screen, it does everything for you, and it only captures taps during the specified sampling interval.

Screen 2 is simply a rest interval countdown timer that can be set for 60, 120 or 180 seconds. All 3 rest intervals are significant and your doctor or trainer can explain the significance of each. During the rest interval countdown, an occasional “keep alive” tap on the screen will keep iPhone or iPod touch from going to sleep.

Screen 3 is an exact duplicate of screen 1, but is intended for capturing the heart rate following the rest interval. Screens 1 and 3, called “after Exercise” and “after Rest” respectively, work the same but use completely separate registers.

Screen 4 is a Summary that shows the normalized full minute heart rates following exercise and following rest and also shows the difference, the Heart Rate Recovery.

HRRMate incorporates several features that make it a very reliable and accurate tool for measuring HRR in the field. First of all, the sampling intervals for screens 1 and 3 are able to be set independently for 10, 15, or 20 seconds. Each sampling interval includes a 3 second lead in time to facilitate carotid pulse acquisition. The large tap counter buttons are also designed to register their action the instant they are touched. This is not the default action for iPhone buttons. Buttons usually employ an action that allows the user to cancel the button action by sliding their finger off the button if they change their mind or realize they made a mistake. This is great for normal buttons that only register events but it is not appropriate for HRRMate buttons that are used to capture heart beat taps. With a little practice, anyone can easily begin keeping a log of their HRR number. Sampling times and Rest Interval are all set in the iPhone Settings App.

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