I was sitting at my computer a few months ago when I was suddenly aware of my heart pounding in my chest. Concerned that my resting heart rate seemed to be increasing for no apparent reason, I accessed the ECG app on my Apple Watch to check for atrial fibrillation. While my heart rate was higher than usual, it was still under 100 beats per minute, and my cardiac rhythm was normal. Of course I made sure to mention this episode to my doctor, but in the moment I felt relieved.
In our new February/March 2021 issue, we explore the benefits of smart medical devices and how fitness trackers like my Apple Watch may be able to help cardiologists to diagnose heart conditions. If you’ve been able to monitor a health condition using your smartwatch, I’d love to hear about your experience. My email is [email protected].
February is Black History Month, and our friends at Montgomery County Public Libraries are back with books that shine a light on America’s race-relations problem. And if the challenges of this past year have you feeling less than amorous, we’re sharing expert advice on how to rekindle the romance this Valentine’s Day—and every day.
Finally, we have an interview with “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter, who chatted with writer Steve Goldstein about his passion for the news and his journey from Damascus High School to Towson University to CNN.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Montgomery Magazine. Stay healthy and safe!