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

22 December, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Simon Thompson
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Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg is claiming that Apple is developing an advanced heart-monitor for its next generation Apple Watch, as part of the company's plans to turn its smartwatch into a serious medical device.

The mechanism of the new feature is actually very simple. While the current Apple Watch has a basic heart monitor, Apple wants to use advanced sensors to predict future afflictions instead of simply collecting historical data about the body.

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The feature would enable future Apple Watch users to go beyond the devices' current heart rate tracking functionality, providing specific visualizations of healthy heart rhythms and potentially risky arrhythmias. With EKG monitoring, the Apple Watch would be able to track electrical signals from your heart, allowing it to detect things like irregular heartbeats. An EKG would make it easier to establish the health of a user's heart, and potentially spot some cardiac problems early.

EKGs, also known as ECGs or electrocardiograms, are a more in-depth method of scoping out your heart's patterns. With a few more years, it's quite likely that the Apple Watch will have a suite of third-party medical companions, transforming its utility with little effort on Apple's end. In September, the company announced it partnered with Stanford University for a program called the Apple Heart study. While the Kardiaband is the only medical-grade Apple Watch accessory available, the iPhone has a robust medical accessory market ranging from glucose meters to blood pressure monitors to ultrasound imaging devices. Just last month, it launched its Apple Heart Study app with the goal of determining whether the Apple Watch's existing heart rate system could be used to accurately detect irregular heart rhythms, according to MacRumors.

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