Apple building an Apple Watch with a built-in EKG heart monitor

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On the Apple Watch, the EKG monitor would be activated by squeezing the Watch's frame with two fingers.

A new report is claiming that the upcoming Apple Watch installments following this year's Apple Watch Series 3 could come with advanced EKG heart monitors.

According to Bloomberg, one way Apple could implement an EKG is by having users hold the sides of the Watch, which would then send a weak electrical current to their heart. An EKG would make it easier to establish the health of a user's heart, and potentially spot some cardiac problems early. Such conditions can increase the risk of strokes and heart failure and develop in about one-quarter of people over 40, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

EKGs are medical tests that typically use electrodes, which are placed on a person's skin, in order to monitor electrical patterns in between heartbeats. Hence, the tests ability to identify potential abnormalities is limited.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apple is working on new technology for the Apple Watch that would let the device monitor a wearer's heart similar to a clinical-grade electrocardiogram, Bloomberg's Alex Webb reports.

"I can see a role for wearable ECGs as a mechanism to diagnose arrhythmia as an adjunct to what is now available", said Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco. However, it does align with the company's growing interest in the health and heart health space.

Apple Watch users can already buy an EKG made by AliveCor Inc. that is built into the watch's strap.

On top of that, the health industry is an especially lucrative market to get into-and Apple's all about that, too.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Cupertino giant is now testing the use of Apple Watch as an EKG.

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