Thursday, 24 May, 2018

The Apple Watch 4 could get a proven, life-saving feature

The Verge The Verge
Frank Williams | 22 December, 2017, 01:22

Bloomberg has published a new report that details Apple's plans to ship a built-in EKG heart monitor in a future version of the Apple Watch. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person's chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

According to the report, Apple's implementation could substantially differ from Kardia's solutions by integrating heart-monitoring leads directly into the frame of the Apple Watch rather than in a band or separate box, requiring only an extended pinch of the frame to monitor and record heartbeats. The publication indicated that internal prototypes for a future model are being tested at present, so it's safe to assume that Apple could be doing this with the Apple Watch Series 4 in mind.

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Apple seems to be hard at work realizing the futuristic dream of a wearable device that can act as monitor for your overall health and wellbeing, alerting you to any irregularities in your vitals as they occur, and potentially saving many lives by providing a more accessible means of diagnosing health risks early. It could become a credible medical device that could alert users to take preventative measures in heart health. Such tests are called electrocardiograms, or EKGs. The watch already features an all-day heart rate monitor that tracks beats per minute while wearing, but third-party accessories are needed to add EKG functionality. Last month, Apple announced the launch of the Apple Heart Study app, a research study using the Apple Watch heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib).

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