Study suggests AliveCor KardiaBand for Apple Watch can be used with AI algorithm to detect high potassium

“AliveCor, the company that makes an FDA-approved EKG band for the Apple Watch called KardiaBand, teamed up with the Mayo Clinic for a new study that suggests an AliveCor EKG device paired with artificial intelligence technology can non-invasively detect high levels of potassium in the blood,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors. “A second study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic also confirms the KardiaBand’s ability to accurately detect atrial fibrillation.”

“For the potassium study, AliveCor used more than 2 million EKGs from the Mayo Clinic from 1994 to 2017 paired with four million serum potassium values and data from an AliveCor smartphone EKG device to create an algorithm that can successfully detect hyperkalemia, aka high potassium, with a sensitivity range between 91 and 94 percent,” Clover reports. “High potassium in the blood is a sign of several concerning health conditions, like congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes, and it can also be detected due to the medications used to treat these conditions. According to AliveCor, hyperkalemia is associated with ‘significant mortality and arrhythmic risk,’ but because it’s typically asymptomatic, it often goes undetected.”

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Clover reports, “Currently, the only way to test for high potassium levels is through a blood test…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you still don’t have an Apple Watch yet, you will have one eventually.

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12 Comments

  1. The daily recommended daily dose of potassium is about the 4,700 milligrams for most people.

    The apple watch just keeps getting better and better.

    1. Definitely, or work on getting the same function. The apple watch is a brilliant piece of technology and developing the best software to monitor physiology is such a non brainer.
      The watch has already saved lives.

      Like MDN says, you’ll have one eventually.

      1. Perhaps Apple, through the agency of its life-saving apps, could rehabilitate the reputation of United States as a warmonger. I sense that you have similar hopes. Neither of us, though, is fool enough to hold his or her breath waiting for it.

        1. Good morning Herself, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

          That’s a very hopeful suggestion, and while warmongering is dependent on influences other than a salt level, salt levels do influence high blood pressure, and you know what that can lead to. I hope that as more monitoring aspects of the Apple watch are developed and implemented we can all look forward to healthier, longer, more peaceful lives.

          It certainly would be an improvement over any current attempt to be diplomatic and to come to a peaceful resolution as illustrated by the conversation you may have missed over the weekend. See the topic heading “Analyst: President Trump’s tariff impact on Apple would be just a ’rounding error’” for such an exchange.

          Back on topic, I took a look at some of the foods with the highest potassium levels; avocados, acorn squash, spinach, sweet potato, and wild-caught salmon. All part of a healthy diet if one doesn’t over do it.

          Cheers, have a great week.

  2. Health is, IMHO, one of the most important areas where Apple can take huge advances for their customers in addition to potential patients around the world.

    The ResearchKit is a massive project, with millions of “subjects” signing up within months of it’s release. This article is demonstrating how well Apple partners can grow the Apple Watch platform to levels not even considered realistic.

    My only concern when I should buy mine. Now to get intro the Stanford projects, or when the next version will be released, with all of it’s. new sensors.

  3. KardiaBand support confirmed via email that there is a bug in their app after I complained that the Kardia app “hijacks” Apple’s Activity app making the the green exercise ring move non-stop. Unfortunately, I have stopped wearing my KardiaBand and, instead, use the Kardia Mobile until the Kardia app is updated.

    1. Suggestion is paramount in the expression of both sexuality and politics, neither of which is binary, even though our limited minds imagine that they are.
      😁

    2. Hopefully, botty, you understand that statistics are applied outside of election polls. Properly applied statistics and confidence intervals are key to scientific experiments. Experiments seldom produce results that are so starkly one-sided that they appear to be definitive. There are often many confounding variables that must be addressed – noise that can partially obscure the data.

      Your post reveals just how limited you are intellectually. Very few things in life are truly binary. You appear to be one of the exceptions. In the binary realm, you would be a “zero.”

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