Apple Working on EKG Heart Monitor for Future Apple Watch Models

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  1. xyzzy macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2002
    It's also worth noting that this (like the Kardia) is a one-lead rather than a twelve-lead EKG. It's fine for assessing heart rhythm, but for the other major use of EKGs (detection of cardiac hypoxia or early signs of heart attack) it's not going to be terribly useful. A third (!) sensor would be needed for a 6-lead EKG.
  2. jerry333 macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2005
    "A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that's not wearing the device, one of the people said."

    How would you squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with fingers from the hand that's wearing the device?
  3. dzankizakon macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2016
    You take the watch off the hand, squeeze it with the same hand while holding it in the other hand, and then put it back. Easy.
  4. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    I’m reserving judgement until I see the Jony Ive EKG app, with two words floating in white space: “heart”, which if you hold your bare armpit flat against for 45 seconds finds your heartbeat 1/3 of the time and dials your secretary the other 2/3, and “maps”, which provides you with your position on a dark green squiggly line on a dark green background of a map that doesn’t load which takes you to the nearest hospital, or fish market. In the corner, there will be three dots, which if you tap and hold on, will bring up a pop up window half of which is off the screen, and one of the options is “status”, which will then tell you your Apple Watch battery life, Apple Pencil battery life, and Apple ECG reading of your heart, which if you tap on it, will think about it for 6 or 7 minutes and display “you are dead” with a race and gender appropriate emoji of a frowny face.
  5. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    An ECG using two fingers?

    Won't be a true ecg in that case

    You need the correct leads to create the vectors
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    I agree, no software analysis will be able to predict much beyond a supraventricular or ventricular arrythmia

    But it's a bit misleading to the general public if it's advertised as an ECG. You need to create the vectors appropriately and I don't see how placing two fingers on a watch would do that, unless it is purely for arrythmias (something apple has mentioned at wwdc if I'm not mistaken)
  6. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Wrist ekg's are tricky.
    Apple's going to have to find and use the right alloy, and we might still end up having to shave our wrists.
    Band tightness might also be a major downside.
  7. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    I think the idea of having the EKG equipment in the band. That way the watch isn't tied to FDA approval and only the band needs certification.
  8. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    But then you can’t use the feature without a specific band.
  9. DaveN macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2010
    But not all the people want that feature. You don't want to delay an entire product line to wait for FDA approval.
  10. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Then don’t use the feature if you don’t want it. There isn’t any indication that they’ve delayed anything.

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