Apple Watch Series 4 is the first FDA-cleared retail ECG device, bless its heart


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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16 Comments

1. Man_Utd

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Very neat feature

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don’t know if you know this Mr.PA author, but the phrase “bless your heart” and most variations of it essentially means “go f**k yourself” in Southern lingo. Just thought you should know.

3. gamehead unregistered

Nice!

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

FDA clearance not FDA approval. There's a big difference. Regardless for a consumer device this is VERY impressive.

5. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Show me another wearable with FDA “clearance”

7. Kibzara

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

When they pay big, like apple did, they'll show their self.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So conspiracy theories? This is sad my guy.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What does that have to do with a factually incorrect article?

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Kardia band for the Apple watch was FDA cleared in 2016 does ECG and was the in essence the first consumer available ECG wearable.

6. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Wow very nice wonder if NICE UK will approve ECG.? Hope this comes to android wear OK watches aswell.

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1676; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i want this watch but that price tag...ugh

11. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

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 .

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not a medical device, it's a consumer device. It's still impressive

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

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!

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

There is no saving your gullible tendencies. You believe everything you read as long as it's Apple related.

14. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Ginna get one to replace my series 3.

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