Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature: A Strange Failure?

Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature
Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature

The new and fancy fitness feature in the Apple Watch 4 fails to detect the fact that the device does not show the accurate results, claimed the doctors.

The very idea of wearable technology is quite fascinating and it has made life easier. With the announcement of many products by Apple which made people excited and its fourth iteration of the Apple Watch which possesses health potency has made people stunned.

This positive wearable device has used cutting-edge display and become the center of attraction among the mankind. Its new heart health monitoring feature, including electrocardiogram (ECG), low heart rate detection, and atrial fibrillation (AFib) detection is getting popularized in the mainstream market.

Apple significantly touched the grounds of fitness functions alongside the sophisticated workout features which include “Automatic workout detection. New yoga and hiking workouts. Advanced features for runners like cadence and pace alerts.”

A Revolutionary Device

It has been observed that the latest feature of Apple Watch 4, the ECG app has rushed significantly and gathered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance before the Apple event. As per the reports, Apple collected the FDA certification on September 11 and without the clearance, Apple would have failed to display the ECG feature in the event.

Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature
Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature

Initially, the Apple Watch 4 was served only in the United States and many doctors and specialists have started questioning the accuracy of the ECG app. Furthermore, few doctors have also administered their concerns about “false positive” ECG measurements.

As a matter of fact, Apple Watch 4 has been approved by FDA and users will definitely that the ECG results quite seriously but some doctors remained surprised after seeing that the American Heart Association (AHA) president Ivor Benjamin endorsing the ECG features personally on the stage during the event of the Apple Watch Series 4.

What did Specialists say?

Venkatesh Murthy, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan raised some concerns about the accuracy of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) detection. As per the reports collected by Health News Reviews, “For the ECG app, the FDA said they reviewed data from 588 people, about half of whom had permanent or persistent AFib. The app wasn’t able to classify about 1 out of every 10 rhythm recordings.”

Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature
Apple Watch 4 ECG Feature

The report further added that “for the irregular rhythm notification feature, the app wasn’t as accurate. The FDA said it reviewed data from 226 participants who had to have already received an app notification suggesting they might have AFib.”

There were many participants who received the app notification that declared the possibility of AFib, around 41.6% confirmed it to be positive on a cardiac monitor. Doubting the accuracy, Murthy stated that “The numbers will change significantly when tested on a large population of people.”


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