New Apple watch with ECG will monitor heart for atrial fibrillation

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The new series 4 Apple watch is more health and exercise oriented with new features that enable a wearer to get an instant ECG that can help determine heart rhythm issues such as atrial fibrillation.

Cupertino, California — Apple’s new series 4 watches will be a milestone leap for people with heart rhythm issues.

The new series will be capable of taking an electrocardiogram and monitor rhythm disturbances to alert the wearer.

Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 4, which is redesigned with several refinements for an active lifestyle.

It’s “redesigned and re-engineered to help users stay connected, be more active and manage their health in powerful new ways.”

While retaining the original design it has a 30 percent larger display and seamlessly integrates into the thinner, smaller case, said Apple.

“Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 brings advanced activity and communications features, along with revolutionary health capabilities, including a new accelerometer and gyroscope, which are able to detect hard falls, and an electrical heart rate sensor that can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) using the new ECG app,1 which has been granted a De Novo classification by the FDA.”

“We’re thrilled Apple Watch has become an essential part of people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

“The completely redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 continues to be an indispensable communication and fitness companion, and now with the addition of groundbreaking features, like fall detection and the first-ever ECG app offered directly to consumers, it also becomes an intelligent guardian for your health.”

Apple Watch Series 4 enables customers to take an ECG reading right from the wrist using the new ECG app, which takes advantage of the electrodes built into the Digital Crown and new electrical heart rate sensor in the back crystal.

With the app, users touch the Digital Crown and after 30 seconds, receive a heart rhythm classification.

It can classify if the heart is beating in a normal pattern or whether there are signs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), a heart condition that could lead to major health complications.

All recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms are stored in the Health app in a PDF that can be shared with physicians.

It can even call for emergency help if you take a hard fall.

Sales will start within the weak.

Pricing : Canada, watch with gps starts at $519. A watch with gps and cellular function will cost $649. However, two large carriers Rogers and Fido have not yet offered support for the watch acting as a standalone cell phone. Other Canadian networks support the esim capacity of the phone for a few dollars extra.

Pricing USA: Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at $399 (US) and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499, both featuring the updated design and new health features. Series 3 will be available at the new starting price of $279.