Apple will put an EKG reader on Apple Watch (I doubt it)

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While the Apple Watch now has heart monitoring features, the new electrocardiograms (EKG) tech would help detect heart beat irregularities - no doctors office required. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person's chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates. But given just how useful it could be - better tracking could help people prevent strokes and heart failure ahead of time - that seems unlikely. But they only monitor the heart's activity for short periods, limiting their ability to spot potential abnormalities. Following in the footsteps of AliveCor, maker of Kardia-branded accessories for iPhones and Apple Watches, Apple is said to be developing an integrated electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) reader for the Apple Watch.

Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette declined to issue a comment on the report.

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"I can see a role for wearable ECGs as a mechanism to diagnose arrhythmia as an adjunct to what is now available", said Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco. It would take the Apple Watch past fitness use cases for heart monitoring.

As with all things in development at Apple, there's no guarantee the company will ever follow this reported project to fruition. It's called the Apple Heart Study app.

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On top of that, the health industry is an especially lucrative market to get into-and Apple's all about that, too. With a few more years, it's quite likely that the Apple Watch will have a suite of third-party medical companions, transforming its utility with little effort on Apple's end.

The current Apple Watch already has a heart-rate monitor, but it's not as accurate as clinical-grade monitors used by medical professionals.

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