Apple Watch: How to Take an ECG Reading

Apple Watch: How to Take an ECG Reading

Apple knows this, and, as part of an effort to make the Apple Watch a more alluring accessory for iPhone owners, the company is focusing intently on building advanced heart-rate monitoring into its best-selling wearable.A software update rolling out today will include an optional app for Apple Watch Series 4 that takes ECG (electrocardiogram) readings through the new device's specially designed sensors.

Apple’s Newest Watch Features Will Transform Heart Health

Apple’s Newest Watch Features Will Transform Heart Health

"At the same time, those of us who work in this field are looking at each other saying: Do you see the can of worms we might be opening here?"AppleWhat he means is that even if the Apple Watch's heart-monitoring features are accurate, it's not obvious that screening for AFib in millions of undiagnosed people will do more good than harm.

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

It wasn't long before healthcare providers starting using them to examine patients with no symptoms or family history of cardiovascular illness.There's no exact numbers on how common preventive ECG screening is in the US, but according to a recent editorial in the Journal of American Medicine, ECG examinations of asymptomatic patients had become regular features of annual physicals by the early aughts—until professional societies ran cost/benefit analyses on the practice and started advising against it.One of those societies was the US Preventive Services Task Force.