Future Apple Watch models may include EKG heart monitor

Pablo Tucker
December 22, 2017

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.

Bloomberg has published a new report that details Apple's plans to ship a built-in EKG heart monitor in a future version of the Apple Watch.

Apple is now working on an EKG monitor that will be available in future Apple Watch models, according to sources, enhancing the wearable's usefulness as a medical monitoring device. Unlike the heart rate monitor in the current Apple Watch, EKG is used by the medical industry and found inside chest-based heart rate monitor straps. Although people familiar with Apple's plans said that the company may still decide not to include the technology in future products.

Apple seems to be hard at work realizing the futuristic dream of a wearable device that can act as monitor for your overall health and wellbeing, alerting you to any irregularities in your vitals as they occur, and potentially saving many lives by providing a more accessible means of diagnosing health risks early. It's called the Apple Heart Study app. Should Apple really push through with its EKG heart monitor for the Apple Watch though, the new accessory would be deemed unnecessary. While the heart rate sensor on the current watch may be useful in some situations, an electrocardiogram would be a notable improvement.

Apple is very eager to bring more functionality to its Apple Watch, so it's not surprising why it's been taking a deep interest in heart health in the recent months.

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