Frequently asked questions

AUTONOM HEALTH Technology

What is the scientific background of this method?

The scientific background of this fact and imaging diagnosis is the electrocardiogram (EKG), which is used to analyze the functioning of the vegetative nervous system more precisely than with other measurement methods. The HRV method, which is rapidly gaining importance due to the technological possibilities, is fully recognized in conventional medicine. Every year we carry out numerous research projects with the help of the HRV. The first study – “Temperature and Heart Rate” – was published as early as 1925! There are currently more than 25,000 publications on HRV in the pubmed portal. By the way, the cardiotocogram, which has been used to monitor people’s health before and during their birth for decades, works on the basis of HRV.

What is the difference to other HRV systems on the market?

  • The doctors, psychologists and natural scientists at Autonom Health have been working with experts in biosignal processing, IT and technology to make the best possible use of HRV for almost two decades. We now have the largest specific database for long-term HRV measurements.

  • The other systems on the market focus on HRV measurements over a few minutes. We offer measurements over 24 hours and more, including ongoing real-time feedback. A 3-minute measurement with an optical sensor cannot be compared with an EKG-accurate 24-hour measurement with a comprehensive, automated, highly precise performance analysis, explanations and personalized recommendations.

  • Andere messen den Puls punktuell am Handgelenk. Wir messen 24 Stunden in unmittelbarer Herznähe, worauf es nämlich ankommt: Die R-Zacken im EKG – und zwar 1000mal pro Sekunde!

  • Others measure the pulse selectively on the wrist. We measure 24 hours in the immediate vicinity of the heart, which is what counts: The R-waves in the EKG – 1000 times per second!

  • There is a certain amount of extrasystoles and / or artifacts in every HRV measurement. Often a reason for incomprehensible measurement results. Our multiple filter system ensures that no extrasystoles and artifacts falsify the analyzes.

  • Others show a few, sometimes just a single parameter and do not explain the meaning of these values. We offer detailed explanations and recommendations for every measurement and combine all relevant HRV parameters into easily understandable statements. Therefore we can say exactly how the measured is doing in the individual activities and what that means for his health.

Confuse even invented parameters. All HRV parameters we use comply 100% with the guidelines of the Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology for performing and analyzing HRV measurements.

 
  • After all, it’s not just the data. It depends a lot more on what you make of it. We deliver a 5-minute precise performance analysis with algorithms based on physiological principles.
  • In contrast to most other medical findings, HRV data show a strong age and gender dependency. In contrast to other providers, this fact is taken into account in the analyzes by Autonom Health. All collected data and results are peer group correlated.
  • The second indispensable pillar of correct HRV diagnostics is the “intra-individual longitudinal section”. In contrast to other systems, the artificial intelligence of our algorithms includes the results of our own previous measurements and thus enables a new level of accuracy.
  • The HRV must not become a secret science with its own interpretations. We have been offering comprehensive HRV training for years and have already certified more than 1,100 people as HRV experts.
  • Our HRV practical textbook is now considered the standard work on method – even beyond the German-speaking area.

Wie lange soll eine HRV-Messung durchgeführt werden?

Wir empfehlen eine Messdauer zwischen 20 und 28 Stunden, damit alle Analyseparameter bewertet werden können.

Warum wird das Analyseportal als Homebase mit allen Informationen geführt und nicht die App?

Die in mehrjähriger Entwicklungsarbeit und laufend verbesserten Algorithmen unseres Analysesystems laufen aus datenschutzrechtlichen Gründen und zum Schutz unseres geistigen Eigentums nicht auf dem Smartphone sondern auf bestmöglich abgesicherten Servern. Daher finden sich die gesamte Auswertung der Messungen, alle Analysedetails sowie alle Erklärungen und Empfehlungen auf dem Analyseportal.

What is the difference between a short-term and a long-term measurement?

A short-term measurement gives a selective insight into the dynamic course of functional regulation processes and requires strictly standardized measurement conditions. Even these only provide a relatively fuzzy analysis, because the HRV, as a highly sensitive measurement method, reflects the effects of ALL influences (including those that were long ago) (sleep quality, state of hydration, physical activation, stress, etc.). 24-hour measurements enable an unadulterated, highly meaningful insight into the entire everyday physiology and thus provide differentiated results for a wide variety of activities. The honest bio-psycho-socio-emotional feedback over 24 hours or longer enables precise self-control of one’s own living conditions.

Englisch How will wearing the sensor with Bluetooth technology affect my heart and health?

Our hardware manufacturer gives the following statement:

“Rest assured that things are in a good order. 🙂 We take product safety, including radio transmission safety, extremely seriously. Movesense sensor radio functionality is verified by an external testing laboratory to be in full conformity with the EU legislation, namely Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU. The tests completed and passed include EN62479:2010 Health test. What some customers assume to be suspicious activity, is in fact absolutely normal operation. Even if there is no active Bluetooth connection underway, the Bluetooth radio is still “on”, advertising its existence briefly every 500ms and ready to be connected to. This is exactly the way Bluetooth devices work, as defined in the Bluetooth specification. Now why the field strength meter shows constant signal is most likely, now knowing the exact performance specifications of the device used on the video, due to the typical low pass filtering of the registered field strength before display.”

Hard- and Software

Which devices is the software compatible with?

In principle, data from all devices that deliver clean RR data and whose manufacturers do not encrypt the data can be imported into the Autonom Health Software. In addition to our own, six other devices can currently be used for High Quality HRV via Bluetooth 4.0:

  1. Polar H10
  2. Polar H7
  3. Suunto Smart Belt
  4. Cardiosport TP3
  5. 4iiii Viiiiva
  6. BlueLeza HRM Blue

We support operating systems from Windows 8+ and Mac OS X

Can I use my Garmin Venu as an EKG measurement? If not, why not?

Unfortunately no, because this sensor only measures the pulse at rest on the wrist. For valid statements, however, we need precise EKG measurements in HRV and suitable HRV sensors must be used for this.

Can the Polar H10 chest belt also save HRV data?

The polar belt H10 records HR data once per second in order to save HR data, i.e. pulse values, which can be read out in the Polar Flow app. However, HRV data cannot be saved.

Is the app available for iOS and Android?

The  „My Autonom Health Appto support the HRV chest belt system is available free of charge for iOS users in the App Store and for Android users in the Google Play Store.

The app does not recognize the sensor - what can I do?

The most likely cause that the sensor is not recognized by the app and therefore the connection does not work is an empty battery. Please insert a new battery and try again to establish a connection.

I don't remember my password, what can I do?

A new password can be automatically requested at any time in the registration box of the analysis portal under “Forgot password”.

 

The app doesn't work properly and keeps breaking off. Why?

You may not be using the latest version of the app! Therefore, please always carry out all ongoing updates and keep the app up to date.

Can we as a couple use the chest belt alternately and measure with it together?

The chest belt can be used alternately, but each user needs their own private account with a valid tariff!

Is it possible to correct or subsequently change the time periods of the activities in a current or past measurement?

While a measurement is in progress, the activities cannot be edited or corrected, but as soon as a measurement has been completed, the activities can be edited in the analysis portal.

Is the analysis portal also available in English?

The entire analysis portal with all its analyzes, reports, explanations and recommendations is also available in English with just one click of the mouse.

How should the evaluations " exhaustion '' (e.g. for sleep: "exhausted") be understood in connection with HRV?

As can be read in the HRV practical textbook (available only in German) on pages 104, 346-352 and especially on page 168, we define “exhaustion” as “decrease in HRV in all frequency ranges”. A differentiation between “tiredness” (i.e. a positive vagus activation) and “exhaustion” in the sense of a “standby” of the overall system, as can be seen as a result of an inadequately strong stimulus e.g. observed after too intense sport or too much alcohol is (so far) not taken in science – we think among other things with the synonymous use of chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. The (patho-) physiological differentiation between “tiredness” and “exhaustion” or between “good sleep” and “exhausted sleep” is, however, necessary for a targeted diagnosis.

AUTONOM HEALTH PRODUCTS

What is the difference between a chest strap system and an HRV recorder?

HRV chest belt system: The sensors in our chest belts are equipped with Bluetooth technology, which means that the data can be sent to the server via the “My Autonom Health” app. There they are analyzed and sent back to the app. It is thus possible to follow the measurement in real time on the smartphone. Thanks to the storage option in the EKG sensor, the data is also recorded while sleeping, diving or hiking, without a smartphone having to be nearby. HRV recorder system The HRV recorder makes it possible to carry out a measurement independently of the smartphone and then upload the saved data to the analysis portal. Thanks to two adhesive electrodes on the chest, the recorder delivers excellent data quality. In addition, the recorder can at any time pass on family members, friends or acquaintances interested in a measurement.

Is the chest strap system able to issue warnings during the day, e.g. to warn of an increased stress level or that you should take a break, etc.?

Thanks to the Bluetooth technology, the measurement data can be transferred to the analysis portal via the app. There the data is analyzed and the current results are sent back to the app. Therefore, feedback is possible even during the measurement.

How exactly does the data quality differ with the HRV recorder compared to the chest strap system? Can better or more precise conclusions be drawn or better / more precise values achieved with the HRV recorder because of the adhesive electrodes?

In principle, there is no difference in the data quality of the two systems.

The wearing comfort is to be assessed individually.

If the chest belt is too loose, the artifact rate with the HRV recorder is a little lower due to the sticky electrodes.

Can I swim or go to the sauna with the chest belt or HRV recorder?

HRV chest belt system: Since our chest belt system is waterproof, you can shower, bathe, swim, dive and even go to the sauna with it! HRV recorder system The HRV recorder is only splash-proof but not waterproof! Therefore, please put this sensor in a dry place before every shower, swimming pool or sauna visit and continue the measurement within 60 minutes.

Does the sensor have a memory?

Yes, the sensor in our chest belt system has a memory. This means that you don’t always have to have your mobile phone with you during the measurement.
Since the storage capacity is approx. 10-12 hours, you can even put the cell phone away while you sleep.

SERVICE

How do I redeem a coupon code in the shop?

Place your item in the cart.

Then click on “view cart” on the top right:

Type your coupon code into the box below and click “apply coupon”.

How can I contact Autonom Health?

You can find all contact options at Support.

Can I withdraw from my sales contract?

To withdraw from the purchase contract within the statutory withdrawal period, please fill out the following form:

Download the “right of withdrawal” here.

Where can I redeem the license keys I received by I buying in the shop?

The voucher code activates the tariff purchased in the shop and can be redeemed in your account in the analysis portal on the “My Account / My Orders” page.

 

What could be the reason if my chest belt measurement doesn't work?

  1. Am I in the right app? The „My Autonom Health“-App should be used.
  2. Am I logged in with the correct account? I need a “personal account”.
  3. Do I have valid software? I can only take measurements with a valid tariff (single measurement, monthly or annual flat rate).
  4. Has the tariff been redeemed and recognized in the app? The voucher code for the software must be entered in the analysis portal in the private account. You can then log in to the app. If you have already been logged into the app before, but the app does not yet recognize the tariff, please log out again and then log in again. In the menu at the top left you can see whether a tariff is recognized as such in the app.
  5. Is my internet or wifi and bluetooth switched on? See ad directly on your smartphone.
  6. Am I working with the latest app version? It’s best to set automatic updates on your smartphone!

My chest belt is not recognized. What can I do?

  1. Please only connect the chest belt to the mobile phone directly in the app! If the chest strap has already been connected in the general Bluetooth settings of the mobile phone, it will no longer be recognized in the app. Please disconnect this connection.
  2. With Android it is helpful if the “location” is activated when establishing a connection. At Autonom Health, we do not read locations.
  3. If the chest belt is still not recognized, it may be because there are too many other Bluetooth devices nearby or the battery is weak.

English-language online training on BLINKIT

How can I access the HRV Online-Training?

You buy your chosen module or the overall training in the shop: https://shop.autonomhealth.com/en/product-category/education-and-training/

A link to the platform and a license key will be sent to you in the confirmation email.
You follow the link, create an account and choose a password. Then a page opens in which you enter the license key.
(If you accidentally close the browser, you can simply follow the link in the email again)
 

 

How can I see all my courses in BLINKIT?

To see all your courses, please click on the house-icon:

You can then see all your available courses. If you have booked the entire training, the exam will be made available after Module 4 has been finished.

 

How does the BLINKIT platform work?

The courses (Modules) consist of Chapters and Blinks.
Already accessed Blinks are green, not accessed ones are blue.
At the end of Module 1 & 2, there is an exam which has to be passed to complete the course. The exams consist of multiple-choice questions where ONE answer is correct.

Under “Welcome to the Autonom Health Academy” you can find general information about Autonom Health and use the “FORUM” to get into contact with other course members.

You can do this by adding a comment in the Forum.

Some videos/blinks have a complementary PDF document.
You can adjust the playback speed according to your individual needs:

I want to learn more about the English-language training

You can find all Autonom Health HRV Health Training options at: https://www.autonomhealth.com/en/autonom-health-academy/

Questions?

Feel free to contact us