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Kim’s Take: The Apple Watch 4 can now take your EKG

With the latest update, the Apple Watch 4 can take your EKG and let you panic in the comfort of your own home.

Is it accurate?

It’s simple to take an electrocardiogram (EKG) on your Apple Watch 4. Just hold a finger to the digital crown for thirty seconds.

Readings are classified as either atrial fibrillation (AFib), sinus rhythm (normal), or inconclusive. Keep in mind your doctor’s EKG uses 12 leads and the watch has only one.

Apple touts FDA clearance, which is a lower rating than FDA approval. Still, Apple says the watch detects AFib 98.3% of the time.

The EKG feature is only on the Apple Watch 4, so if you have an older Watch you’re out of luck.

And don’t you know Emergency Rooms are going to see a whole bunch of people coming in saying, “I did an EKG and it doesn’t look right.”

Listen to a Consumer Tech Update about the Apple Watch 4. Tap or click below. App background

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