Validation of the Polar heart rate monitor for assessing heart rate during physical and mental stress

J. L. Goodie*, K. T. Larkin, S. Schauss

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The Polar Vantage XL heart rate monitor provides an ambulatory, inexpensive method of continuously measuring heart rate. To examine the validity of the Polar monitor for measuring heart rate during resting periods and while engaging in two stressful tasks, 30 students participated in a 1-hour laboratory session. Heart rates were measured simultaneously using the Polar monitor and electrocardiography (ECG) during a hand grip exercise and a mental arithmetic task, each preceded by a 4-min resting period. Within-subject correlations between the two devices were significant (mean r=0.98, P < .001). All correlations, except for three participants, exceeded r=0.90. Between-task correlation analyses revealed high correlations (i.e., rs ≥ 0.98) between the Polar monitor and ECG. The Polar monitor obtained readings that were slightly, though significantly higher than readings obtained using ECG. The correspondence between observed mean heart rates from the Polar monitor and ECG suggest that the Polar monitor provides a valid measure of heart rate during stationary laboratory tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychophysiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Ambulatory
  • Heart rate
  • Laboratory stress
  • Polar monitor


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