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Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring

Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring
Nina Mathis | 22 December, 2017, 02:12

If true, the feature would likely subject the Apple Watch itself to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation, like AliveCor's KardiaBand for Apple Watch, a $199 single-lead EKG that reportedly required two years to receive agency clearance.

The Cupertino company is developing an Apple Watch with a built-in electrocardiogram (EKG) heart monitor, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apple Watch now works with an FDA-approved EKG reader in the form of a smart band (seen above) that is sold separately and requires an annual subscription to work, but building the function into the watch directly would make EKG readers accessible to more people. An EKG would make it easier to establish the health of a user's heart, and potentially spot some cardiac problems early. Hence, the tests ability to identify potential abnormalities is limited. Those irregularities can be warning signs for stroke and heart failure.

"I can see a role for wearable ECGs as a mechanism to diagnose arrhythmia as an adjunct to what is now available", said Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco. Should Apple really push through with its EKG heart monitor for the Apple Watch though, the new accessory would be deemed unnecessary.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring

Apple's reported method for the EKG-a test of the heart's electrical activity-is straightforward. While multiple Apple executives have repeatedly highlighted the health care sector as a target for innovation, the field is of particular interest to chief operating officer Jeff Williams.

The health industry's size has made it attractive for tech giants seeking new growth markets.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Cupertino giant is now testing the use of Apple Watch as an EKG.




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