Watches have been a best fashion and style signature and set the standards straight when it comes to social status among gentlemen since the 16th century. But I think fashion and style are not enough. If we can have a good watch that monitors your heart rate and provide diagnostic data why not celebrate the invention or hail the creator? As a dapper man, “your first wealth is health” said Ralph Waldo Emerson the prominent American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century.
More than “a Watch”? As if the irregular hearts rhythm feature on on Apple Watch Series 1 – 3 was not enough. The new Apple Watch series four allow wearers to record an electrocardiogram , or ECG, directly from their wrist.
As from Thursday December 13, 2018, the latest Apple Watch series 4 models and the latest version of WatchOS will be able to take an electrocardiogram ECG – Commonly called EKG reading, which is a kind of heart-rate reading that provide doctors with heart conditions diagnostic data.
To activate this feature: turn on the app, hold your finger on the device’s crown for 30 seconds, and it will provide a heart rhythm reading that you can use to figure out if you need to see your doctor to get your heart checked out or not. It also saves the reading in a PDF files that you can access online and send to your doctor if need arises.
These features are by far the most ambitious to date in Apple’s sprout of health-monitoring tools and also noting for instigating a palpable worriment in the healthcare community. Even though, some experts say the Apple Watch’s arrhythmia notifications and ECG have great potential to benefit public health, others express caution and concern. “Apple has essentially gotten out ahead of where medicine is,” Greg Marcus, the chief of cardiology research at the University of California, San Francisco said.
Apple Watch’s new features are designed to assist wearers spot signs of an irregularity in heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, abbreviated as AFib. This is the most common form of arrhythmia, registering upwards of six million diagnoses in America alone, a number which is expected to augment to about twelve million by the year 2030. This poses increased risk of serious health dilemmas like stroke.
Moreover, Afib is under-diagnosed: About 700,000 Americans are affected by AFib and aren’t even aware, but most experts think the actual figures are much greater. Apple thinks the Apple Watchs, which already adorn the wrists of millions of peoples worldwide, can be a proactive remedy to previously undiagnosed cases of AFib while also serving existing patients with a readily available monitor for their symptoms.
All in all, it is worth noting that neither of these 2 new features is capable of replacing your doctor. They can only help provide hints that rouse your personal health status awareness to keep in touch with your physicians.
Also, both features have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration – FDA, but still to be approved by overseas healthcare screening bodies, so the features are only available for the United States and US consumers at the moment.
As a dapper man, would you ditch your Patek Phillipe, Hublot, AP, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex etc for the Apple Watches Series 4 especially as Apple has partnered with Hermes to release a Hermes Model of the Apple Watch Series four with leather stripes in a bid to sway those wanting to stay with their designer tradition?
What effect does that new Apple Watch features have to the Watch market ?
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