Kardiaband for Apple Watch Discontinued
KardiaBand Was Discontinued and is Unavailable for Purchase
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Keep Your Eyes out for the Return of KardiaBand in the Future…
Alivecor’s KardiaBand Will No Longer Be Sold.
“We believe that from a price perspective, this product is least accessible to the people who need it most. If you’re not an Apple user, you’ve got to buy an Apple Watch, you’ve got to buy an iPhone to make the system work” by Ira Bahr
An AliveCor representative told MobiHealthNews that the company “plans to continue supporting KardiaBand indefinitely” for those who have already purchased the device.
Did Apple Kill Smart Rhythm?
The official reason is that they could not keep up with the Apple Watch updates and therefor the Smart Rhythm feature did not work properly as projected in reviews on AKardia’s official website.
AliveCor’s website was updated years ago and stated the Smart Rhythm was discontinued. Another statement from AlivCor:
“Due to changes beyond our control in Apple Watch operating system, which caused Smart Rhythm to perform below our quality standards”.
Apple Releases it’s watch OS 5.1.2 for AW4 on December 6, 2018. Apple announced it’s own version of Smart Rhythm at the same time it activated the ECG capability of AW4. “Apple called this feature, the irregular rhythm notification feature”.
FDA Approved KardiaBand for Apple Watch (The Beginning)
KardiaBand by Alivcor for Apple Watch is the first medically approved heart rate EKG device for Apple Watch . The $200.00 KardiaBand has a battery powered sensor that connects via Blutooth and completes an electric circuit for 30 second EKG readings.
Apply your thumb or finger on the sensor, the Kardia’s mobile app uses the Apple Watch heart rate sensor in addition to take continual medical grade readings all day long, or spot checks and can detect atrial fibrillation right on your wrist band.
Doug Biehn testifies:
“Nobody has this kind of technology in such a small device.”
KardiaBand costs $199.00 and has 2 sizes, 42mm and 38mm. Take as many 30 second EKG readings as you like. KardiaBand provides accurate and instant analysis for detecting Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia and Normal Heart Rhythm.
Simply place your thumb on the integrated KardiaBrand sensor to take a medical grade EKG in just 30 seconds. Now, I know I said that same thing above and I repeated myself on purpose. This technologhy is fantastic but what’s more intriguing is that KardiaBand is being shared with thier competitor, Apple.
That’s because Alivcor is dedicated to saving lives and sharing information about the technology with others, will indeed save lives.
KardiaBand requires a paired iPhone and Apple Watch. Check HERE for compatibility. KardiaBand does not work with Android phones and is not tested or recommended for use with pacemakers and ICD’s.
KardiaBand is so thoughtful, they ship you two band lengths to ensure a secure fit. The Apple watch itself is sold seperately. If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch, you can either buy a new one, usually starting at $300 or more, or you can purchase a refurbished watch that is cheaper.
The End…Or is it?
I personally have faith in KardiaMobile, I’ve researched a wide variety of thier products and read many reviews. I think they had a good product but it was too costly to keep up with Apples updates. It wouldn’t surprise me if they came up with a more quality, efficient and accurate Band of thier own, in the mean time, here are some facts below:
Per AlivCor the KardiaBand currently works with all Apple Watches except the original one. The Apple TIRNF per Apple:
If you’ve already purchased the KardiBand it is available for Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12.1.1 in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and US Virgin Islands. The irregular rhythm notification feature does not detect a heart attack, blood clots, a stroke or other heart-related conditions including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol or other forms of arrhythmia.
The news comes roughly eight months after Apple launched its own hardware and software ECG feature for the Apple Watch Series 4.
AliveCor ends sales of KardiaBand, its ECG accessory for Apple Watch. Here’s Mobilehealthnews for more information.
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