Apple May be Building an Apple Watch With a Built-In EKG Heart Monitor

Apple could redefine how we track health on our watches by building an advanced electrocardiogram (EKG) sensor into future versions of Apple Watch, potentially bringing clinical-grade tech to the wrist that would help monitor users’ heart rates for irregularities.

 Now, Bloomberg reports that Apple may continue to double down on that health and fitness initiative by building an Apple Watch variant with a built-in EKG heart monitor. The report includes a bit related to the testing of the feature on the pre-release wearable:

“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,” reads the article. An integrated EKG would make it easier for watch wearers to spot some cardiac problems early.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrhythmia develops in about one-quarter of people over 40 and can increase the risk of strokes and heart failure.

Although users looking to monitor their heart rates with clinical-grade precision can buy portable electrocardiograms from the likes of Medtronic and Holter, or add EKG functions to their Apple Watch with accessories like AliveCor’s Apple Watch strap with a built-in EKG, Apple’s solution would work out of the box and permit users to continuously monitor their heart rates rather than for short periods of time.

Bloomberg speculates that data from that project may help Apple create artificial intelligence-based tools that would spot abnormalities more easily and support the rumored EKG project.

 


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