New Apple Watch Features FDA-Approved EKG Technology
Not only does the new Apple Watch 4 encourage you to be more productive, but it could also potentially save your life.
No longer is the Apple Watch being pushed as just a must-have fashion accessory, but rather a product that truly helps promote better health. The newest version of the Apple Watch was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide an electrocardiogram (EKG) test.
As the American Heart Association defines it, an EKG is “a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat.” The electrical signal is what causes the top and bottom heart valves to squeeze, and as a result, pumps blood.
EKGs help doctors assess both the speed and rhythm of the electrical signal, which can detect a host of problems, from minor arrhythmias (irregular rhythms) to heart attacks. EKGs can also help doctors determine if parts of your heart are enlarged or working too hard, both of which can indicate heart valve problems or heart disease. The FDA’s approval of the Apple Watch’s EKG feature designates that the watch can be used as a screening tool, making it an authentic medical device.
A Better Option for Patients
For the first time, this new Apple Watch EKG allows patients to monitor their heart rhythms at home in a non-invasive, long-lasting manner. Otherwise, patients are limited to either a 24-hour external heart rate monitor that only lasts 30 days or a monitoring device that must be surgically implanted in the chest, which lasts up to two years. The new Apple Watch monitoring option is a positive choice for those needing their hearts regularly monitored, as well as for those who have not yet been diagnosed with heart issues.