HEALTH TECHNOLOGY: THE APPLE WATCH AND YOUR BEATING HEART
September 17, 2018, pacient.care
Last week Apple introduced an expanded feature to its heart monitoring app on the new Apple Watch. What does this new feature do?
- It notifies you when it detects an irregular heart rhythm (known as atrial fibrillation or aFib). AFib can cause fatigue and shortness of breath and can create a risk of stroke and heart failure;
- Once an irregular rhythm is detected the Watch runs an EKG (electrocardiogram) which is a test you would normally receive in your doctor's office;
- The EKG feature is not recommended for people under age 22 or for those people that have been previously diagnosed with aFib;
- Most health care professionals agree it is better to catch aFib early;
- Early studies of the app show its effectiveness in detecting a problem, although there is still the likelihood that many users will be sent to the doctor with false indications;
- Another feature is the ability to detect falls and dial emergency numbers;
- The Watch will cost $399 and is expected to be available later this month although the health app feature may not be available for a few months.
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