The skeptical cardiologist recently received this email from a reader: With the new Apple Watch that’s out now, people have suggested my husband (who had a heart attack at 36) should get it since it could detect a heart attack. But I keep remembering what you said – that these devices can’t detect heart attacks … Continue reading Can The Apple Watch Or Kardia ECG Monitor Detect Heart Attacks?
The skeptical cardiologist picked up an Apple Watch 4 at the Galleria Apple Store in St. Louis today. The Apple employee who retrieved it told me that ECG recording capabilities were expected in the fall. Of course fall began today and it is not at all clear when, if ever, Apple will provide the software … Continue reading My New Apple Watch 4 Is Nice: But It Won’t Record ECGs or Work With KardiaBand!
On February 10, 2014 AliveCor, Inc. announced that its heavily validated personal mobile ECG monitor had received FDA over-the counter clearance. Previously the device, which allows recording of a single-lead ECG and, in conjunction with a free smart-phone app, can diagnose atrial fibrillation was only available by prescription. Since 2013, I have been successfully using … Continue reading The New Apple Watch 4: Cardiac Accuracy Unknown, “Game-Changing” Benefits Overblown
Apple claims that its Apple Watch can detect atrial fibrillation (AF) and appropriately notify the wearer when it suspects AF. This claim comes with many caveats on their website: Apparently it needs to record 5 instances of irregular heart beat characteristic of atrial fibrillation over at least 65 minutes before making the notification. This feature … Continue reading Apple Watch Fails To Notify Patient Of 3 Hour Episode Of Rapid Atrial Fibrillation
The skeptical cardiologist has been evaluating the Kardia Band from AliveCor which allows one to record single lead medical grade ECGS on your Apple Watch. What follows is my initial experience with setting up the device and using it to make recordings. After ordering my Kardia Band for Apple Watch on 11/30 from AliveCor the … Continue reading Review of Kardia Band Mobile ECG for Apple Watch
As I described here, the Kardia Band (KB) is an FDA-approved Apple Watch accessory available to the general public without a prescription which records a high quality single-lead ECG. I’ve been using mine now for a while and can confirm the ease and accuracy of the ECG recordings it makes. I find recordings made with … Continue reading Update On The Kardia Band Apple Watch Accessory: Accuracy In Atrial Fibrillation Pre and Post Cardioversion
My first patient this morning, a delightful tech-savvy septagenarian with persistent atrial fibrillation told me she had been monitoring her rhythm for the last few days using her Apple Watch 4’s built in ECG device. Previously she had been using what I consider the Gold Standard for personal ECG monitoring- AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile ECG … Continue reading Putting The Apple Watch 4 ECG To The Test In Atrial Fibrillation: An Informal Comparison To Kardia
The KardiaBand for Apple Watch from AliveCor has delivered on its unique promise of a medical grade single lead ECG recording made by placing your thumb on your wristwatch band. The ECG recordings are equivalent in quality to those made by their previously available KardiaMobile (see my prior post here.) After more experience with the … Continue reading Kardia’s Fascinating SmartRhythm For Apple Watch Is Very Cool: Will It Allow Personal Atrial Fibrillation Detection?
AliveCor has finally gotten approval from the FDA to release its Kardia Band in the United States. The skeptical cardiologist is quite excited to get his hands (or wrist) on one and just gave AliveCor $199 to get it. The device incorporates a mobile ECG sensor into a wrist band that works with either 42 … Continue reading AliveCor’s Kardia Band Is Now Available: Mobile ECG On Your Apple Watch
Many patients (and perhaps physicians) are confused as to how best to utilize personal ECG devices. I received this question illustrating such confusion from a reader recently: I first came across your website a year ago during persistent angina attacks, and returning now due to increasing episodes of symptoms akin to Afib. I bought a … Continue reading A Guide To Using Apple Watch and Kardia ECG devices-What They Can and Can’t Do