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Greater burden of atrial fibrillation linked to higher stroke risk

Apple Watch 4 can now be used as an ECG monitor in the UK

The Apple Watch 4 can now be used as an ECG monitor in the UK

From today, the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app will enable wearers to take an electrocardiogram and capture their heart rhythm when they experience symptoms, helping to provide critical data to medical professionals. 

Read the full press release here:

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder & CEO of AF Association & Arrhythmia Alliance said

‘AF, the most common arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder), can be devastating. It is the most common cause of AF-related stroke which are more debilitating, disabling and all too often fatal.  AF however, can easily be detected and treated. A simple pulse check ( can teach us all to be pulse rhythm aware, it could save our lives.  With new technology making it even easier to detect AF, there really is no reason why 500,000 people are still undiagnosed.  The new Apple Watch ECG monitor is yet another step towards ensuring people can be involved in their own healthcare and can engage with doctors if they become aware of an irregular rhythm.  Digital technology is rapidly progressing and this can only be a good thing for all of us if it leads to quicker diagnosis, access to appropriate treatments and restoring the patient back to a person better able to manage their condition and leading healthier lives.’


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