Apple Watch Series 4 is the first FDA-cleared retail ECG device, bless its heart
by Daniel Petrov / Sep 12, 2018, 1:07 PM
Say what you will about Apple pumping the price of its Watch Series 4 to $499 for the model with cellular connectivity, but there is one defining new feature that might soothe the heartache you got from the sticker shock, literally.
Yes, we are talking about the long-rumored electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality. By building medical-grade electrodes on the new ceramic-sapphire back of the Series 4, Apple managed to produce the first retail ECG wearable you can grab from a store near you. It's pretty amazing that Apple managed to get this thing cleared by the FDA, given the rigorous testing and certification phase a medical device has to go through in the US.
The FDA green light also means that you can be sure you will get an ECG as precise and useful to decipher, as a machine your heart doctor would like to read results from. To top it all off, Apple has provided apps that can read the hints your Apple Watch ECG contains, and can also warn you if your heart rate is too low, too high, or abnormal for one reason or another. Bazinga!
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FDA clearance not FDA approval. There's a big difference. Regardless for a consumer device this is VERY impressive.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 1:22 PM 0
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Show me another wearable with FDA “clearance”
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 1:32 PM 1
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From a medical point of veiw This is the biggest BS I seen , recording an accurate ECG needs accurate placement of chest leads . So how the f*** this is the same ECG I want to read when it does not have chest leads And yes apple paid to the FDA just like major pharmaceutical companies who got thier sh*ty drugs approved by the FDA to have it banned later due to serious side effects , or even not showing any actual benefit in treating the condition that they supposed to traet . Apple BS has gotten way far that it will affect ppl health .
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 2:54 PM 1
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Well doctor, you need to go public with your evidence to save the gullible masses from that evil, greedy Apple. Just saving us phonearena folks isn't good enough!
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 3:21 PM 3
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