Apple Watch’s EKG tech may have helped save yet another life

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Apple Watch's EKG tech may have helped save yet another life
It sounds crazy, but saving lives may be the Apple Watch's killer app.
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There’s no shortage of amazing stories about how Apple Watch has helped to save people’s lives. According to a new report, a 74-year-old man from Lake Worth, Florida was visiting family when he began experiencing unusual symptoms. Despite having “no idea” about atrial fibrillation, Roy Robinson was clued in by his Apple Watch’s EKG tech.

One trip to the emergency room later, and, well, Cupertino likely has another satisfied Apple Watch customer.

Huge study confirms Apple Watch ECG accurately detects AFib

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Doctors found that if your Apple Watch ECG indicates you have a heart problem, you almost certainly do.
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The electrocardiogram built into recent Apple Watch models isn’t likely to give wearers false notifications that they have atrial fibrillation, a potentially dangerous heart condition. A clean bill of health for this wearable’s ECG is the conclusion of a study involving over 400,000 participants that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Fitbit hopes to copy Apple Watch’s ECG

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Fitbit Ionic takes on Apple Watch
Fitbit’s offerings have become more sophisticated as they try to catch up to Apple Watch.
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A highlight of the Apple Watch is the ability to tell if the wearer has a heart problem called atrial fibrillation, and rival wearable-maker Fitbit is working to add AFib detection to its smart watches.

What is your Apple Watch trying to tell you about your health?

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Apple Watch may have saved the life of a 79-year-old with heart condition
Understanding these Apple Watch stats is key to unlocking its healthy potential.
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If you’ve been wearing an Apple Watch for a while now, chances are you have built up a huge amount of data related to your health. But do you know what it all means? What exactly is that wrist-mounted technological marvel trying to tell you?

All those different stats Apple Watch saves to the Health app can be a little overwhelming. But if you know how to interpret them, they provide a surprisingly wide variety of insights into your health. Like how fit you are, how much stress you are under and whether you are at risk of heart disease.

It’s worth taking the time to understand what your Apple Watch is telling you. It can help you improve your wellbeing — and it might even save your life.

Apple Watch’s amazing ECG app arrives today

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Apple Watch ECG
And it might just save your life!
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The long-awaited ECG app is almost available on Apple Watch Series 4 (if you live in the U.S.) with watchOS 5.1.2.

It is the first wearable of its kind to offer this functionality, which promises to help uses detect atrial fibrillation — the most common form or irregular rhythm. Irregular heart rhythm notifications have also landed on Series 1 devices and later.