This week, AliveCor, Inc. introduced a new band for the Apple Watch, complete with medical-grade EKG technology.
Dubbed the Kardia Band, this Apple Watch band is more than just your average watch band. "Users can record a single-lead EKG by simply touching Kardia Band's integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app," said AliveCor. The Kardia Band can detect Atrial Fibrillation, which AliveCor explained is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of strokes. The band also includes a Normal and Unreadable detector to show users if their heart rate and rhythm are normal or if they need to retake an EKG for a better recording. Users can record voice memos on their Apple Watch to go along with the EKG so their doctor or caregiver can get a clearer picture of the results. The Kardia Band syncs with the Kardia Watch app and "integrates seamlessly" with Apple's own Health app.
"Kardia Band for Apple Watch represents both the future of proactive heart health and the introduction of the Wearable MedTech category," said Vic Gundotra, Chief Executive Officer of AliveCor. "These combined technologies give us the ability to deliver personal reports that provide analysis, insights and actionable advice for the patient and their doctor." In addition to the Watch band and app, AliveCor used this announcement to rebrand its existing device, the AliveCor Mobile ECG, as Kardia Mobile. This device works with most Android and iOS devices and its corresponding app is available now for Android and iOS users. The Kardia Band is currently undergoing clearance approval by the Food and Drug Administration but AliveCor says it is looking to launch it in "late spring."
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