A smart watch that turns into a medical device

Apple, the American tech giant, is trying to turn its Series 4 smart watch from a niche gadget into a medical device.

The Series 4 of the Apple watch can take high quality heart readings and detect falls. It’s a part of Apple’s strategy to give people a distinct reason to buy a wrist gadget that does things smart phones already do.

The latest Apple Watch can do electrocardiograms or ECGs, right on your hand. This feature was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, according to Apple. The watch can also track irregular heart-beats and detect when the wearer has fallen.

Along with new sensors, a new app will say whether readings are normal or there are signs of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rate taht increases the risk of heart complications, such as stroke and heart failure.

The giant also claims that the wearer can share their data with their doctors through a PDF file.


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