Apple Watch now take ECG readings and detect blood diseases




Despite obvious shortcomings, Apple Watch has long grown from the wrist receiver of incoming notifications to a full medical device. Already, the clock can not only measure your pulse, but also identify diseases such as diabetes , hypertension and sleep apnea . Recently this small but confident list has been replenished with the ability to take ECG readings and measure the potassium concentration in the plasma.

Unlike hypertension, sleep apnea and diabetes, which are diagnosed exclusively with software, a KardiaBand bracelet is required to conduct an electrical cardiac activity (ECG) study and identify hyperkalemia. On its body there is an electrode that reads data on the work of the heart, on the basis of which artificial intelligence makes conclusions about the potassium concentration in the patient’s blood.

In order to teach KardiaBand to reveal signs of hyperkalemia, an analysis of the ECG data of two million people collected over the last 20 years was carried out. Due to the vastness of the study, the accuracy with which the bracelet diagnoses an increased potassium concentration is between 90 and 94%. The uniqueness of the expert’s work lies in the ability to perform the analysis in a non-invasive way, which does not require actual blood sampling.


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