“The Apple Watch Series 4 could save your life with medical-grade heart-rate tracking, turning the luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device,” Spencer Hart reports for T3. “The updated smartwatch could identify abnormalities with your heart before they escalate into a more serious, potentially fatal, issue.”
“Bloomberg reports you’ll need to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers on the hand that’s not wearing the device. The Apple Watch will pass an imperceptible current across your chest to track electrical signals in the heart, detecting any abnormalities like irregular heart rates,” Hart reports. “These could be signs that you’re at risk of having a stroke or heart failure.”
Hart reports, “Apple is reportedly testing the medical sensor, and haven’t made a final decision on whether to include the technology in the next generation Apple Watch.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch is already saving lives and will go to save untold more in conjunction with Apple’s HealthKit, ResearchKit, CareKit and other health initiatives.
New study shows Apple Watch is accurate at detecting irregular heartbeats – March 21, 2018
Study suggests AliveCor KardiaBand for Apple Watch can be used with AI algorithm to detect high potassium – March 11, 2018
Apple Heart Study launches to identify irregular heart rhythms – November 30, 2017
AliveCor’s Kardiaband EKG reader becomes first Apple Watch accessory to win FDA approval as a medical device – November 30, 2017
Apple Heart Study could turn Apple Watch into a ‘must have’ for millions of patients – September 12, 2017
Apple Watch the most accurate heart rate monitor in new fitness tracker study – May 24, 2017
Apple Watch helps doctors detect the leading cause of heart failure with 97% accuracy – May 12, 2017
Apple patents advanced heart rate monitor for Apple Watch – October 6, 2016
Apple Watch heart rate data vs. Mio dedicated heart rate monitor – May 7, 2015
Can’t wait! I’ve got a KardiaBand that I don’t wear because of a software bug (the watch app “hijacks” Apple’s Activity app causing the green Exercise ring to literally run in circles… all day). Waiting for AliveCor to update their app (otherwise I have no complaints about AliveCor). In the meantime, I’m using Kardia Mobile. Any improvements(s) from Apple and (or) other vendors will be welcomed by all!
Still waiting for blood sugar reading detection as well which will be the real barn burner in sales when that happens. In the meantime my original Apple Watch is serving me just fine.
Glucose monitoring without actually using blood is a ways off. In the meantime, there is one already amazing solution…
A $400 Apple Watch is not a “Luxury Fashion Accessory”.
A $19,400 Rolex Cellini Dual Time in Polished Everose Gold is.
This should be made as a separate option for the Series 4 watch. Why healthy people would need this, I have no idea. And I’m sure Apple will increase the price for the sickos.