Apple is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for the Apple Watch [Report]

Apple is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for the Apple Watch [Report]

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Apple is developing an EKG Heart Monitor feature for future generation Apple Watches, according to a Bloomberg report.

A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device, one of the people said. 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. Such conditions can increase the risk of strokes and heart failure and develop in about one-quarter of people over 40, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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). While the heart rate sensor on the current watch may be useful in some situations, an electrocardiogram would be a notable improvement.

“There’s tremendous potential to do on-device computing, to do cloud computing as well and to take that learning, and through machine learning, deep learning and ultimately artificial intelligence, to change the way health care is delivered,” Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams told an audience at a conference in October. “We can’t think of anything more significant than this.”

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Apple is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for the Apple Watch [Report]
MikeyTrekker - December 22, 2017 at 12:32am
Kardia Band from AliveCor does this already. FDA approved. It certainly would be nice seeing more and more health related features packed in the Apple Watch
. - December 22, 2017 at 2:46am
Soon this will be an out of the box feature and not be just an accessory.
drigo marki - December 22, 2017 at 1:50pm
What sucks with that is that you have monthly subscription for the service.
Chip - December 22, 2017 at 6:11pm
If so it im definitely not getting it.
odedo1 - January 2, 2018 at 12:20pm
True It's not enough for Apple to take our money for the Watch, only greed is the new Apple after Steve, I would never pay for subscription unless maybe if I already would have been diagnosed with a heart problem, and what happened to the other two sensors that Apple never turned on ever since the first Apple Watch?
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