Kardia Band is the first Apple Watch accessory to get FDA approval

Kardia Band is the first Apple Watch accessory to get FDA approval

The FDA has approved the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, made by AliveCor, whose CEO is former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra.

Kardiaband for Apple Watch clicks into a slot on the Watch band and can be used to detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib).

AliveCor, a FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, today announced FDA clearance of KardiaBand in the USA, allowing Apple Watch users to discreetly capture their EKG anytime, anywhere in order to quickly detect normal sinus heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common heart arrhythmia. The app may notify you on occasion to collect a full EKG readout if it detects an unexpected change in your heart rate as well. "Are you going to go to the hospital and tell them 'My watch told me my heart rate was over some threshold, what am I supposed to do?' Here, we fire a notification and you can do something".


The Apple Watch has a heart rate sensor that has reportedly been saving lives, but it doesn't return the kind of data a doctor needs to really assess what's wrong with a patient. This feature continuously monitors heart rate data captured by the Apple Watch and lets you know if this does not correlate with your physical activity. KardiaBand works with both Apple Watch sizes - 42mm and 38 mm - for $199. The Watch's display will then show the normal heart rate range that KardiaBand's technology estimated for you, the abnormal heart rate detected, and where the EKG reading falls in relation to that data.

EKGs are usually only available in offices and hospitals - and only after a life-threatening event. The band is reportedly able to quickly detect a normal sinus heart rhythm and can detect potentially deadly atrial fibrillation, which is the most common heart arrhythmia. AliveCor will integrate those capabilities into SmartRhythm, a new alert feature within the Kardia app. Almost two-thirds of strokes could be prevented through early diagnosis of atrial fibrillation with the help of portable, always-on EKG devices. "Yet the FDA has cleared our individual algorithms". The user places a finger on the sensor pad, and an EKG reading is performed within 30 seconds. The KardiaBand makes this technology more discrete by making it into a tiny sensor that snaps into an Apple Watch band, making it accessible anywhere, anytime. However, users must pay $99 per year for AliveCor's premium program if they want access to unlimited cloud storage and history, customized monthly reports shared with their doctor, and other perks.

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