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March 17, 2016

Kardia Band for Apple Watch May Help Detect Heart Irregularities

Apple is getting serious about health with a new accessory for its Watch product.

Taking advantage of the fitness craze surrounding wearable devices, AliveCor has launched the Kardia Band, a wrist band designed for Apple Watch that’s actually a medical-grade electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor.

AliveCor has already brought EKG technology to Smartphones, and is expected to receive FDA approval for the band within the next few months.

While there are already some wearables that incorporate a heart rate monitor for fitness tracking, the big difference with the Kardia band is what’s inside. Most current trackers use an LED light that works by illuminating the wearer’s capillaries in order to track his or her blood flow.

The Kardia Band uses a medical-grade integrated sensor that provides a much more accurate reading and can detect heartbeat irregularities responsible for strokes and other heart-related problems. When something isn’t right, the wearer is alerted via his or her Smartphone app.

This data, combined with voice recordings by the user, caloric intake and exercise information, is all combined to provide a bigger picture about the user’s overall cardiac health that can be accessed by his or her physician.

“Kardia Band for Apple Watch represents both the future of proactive heart health and the introduction of the Wearable MedTech category,” said AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra in a TechCrunch report.

“These combined technologies give the ability to deliver personal reports that provide analysis, insights and actionable advice for the patient and their doctor,” he added.

While it’s main focus is heart health, the Kardia Band is also useful for fitness enthusiasts who are looking for more detailed information about their heart rate during vigorous exercise, and is compatible with the Apple Health app.


Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.