Apple watchOS 4, with better heart rate monitoring, arrives September 19

James Marshall
September 12, 2017

While the condition is not always problematic, it can be.

If the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor proves accurate for detecting sensitive heart signals, it could help identify arrhythmias, abnormal heart rhythms that show no external symptoms but increase a patient's risk for blood clots and strokes, among other complications. And as for American Well, the company declined to comment on its involvement with Apple. Interestingly, the company's CEO Roy Schoenberg may have subtly confirmed this when he stated that they are working closely with wearable makers. The software, while not as big of a change as the jump to watchOS 3 past year, will come with new Siri features, a set of new watch faces, and some improved fitness tracking capabilities. A start-up called Cardiogram released the results of its research in May, in partnership with clinicians at UCSF.

If it's proven to be a capable screening tool, the Apple Watch could be used for high-risk patients who are in constant need of heart rate monitoring. People will be able to participate in the study with Stanford by downloading an app from the App Store, Williams said.

"We started working on the Apple Watch several years ago", [Cook] said, and one goal was "performing some measurements of your health that people were not measuring, at least continually".

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Apple Watch has saved lives by detecting heart rate irregularities. We're extremely interested in this area.

Cook went on to describe the medical health activity market as the "largest or second largest component" of the economy. The software, first announced back in June during WWDC, will come out on September 19th, coinciding with the third-generation LTE-equipped Apple Watch 3.

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