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Are monitors with a chest strap more accurate than wrist only devices?

Typically, heart rate monitors with chest straps tend to be the most ECG (electrocardiogram measures heart rate and rhythm) accurate. Serious exercisers should choose a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. However, chest straps may be uncomfortable for some people, and there are wrist only devices available that may be fairly accurate.

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