A new report/study states that the AliveCor KardiaBand, which can work with the Apple Watch, might be able to detect high levels of potassium in the blood.
The AliveCor KardiaBand is a sensor which is compatible to work with the Apple Watch, the sensor is placed into a slot on the watchband which will allow the user to be able to take a reading just by touching the sensor. The reading information shows the electrical activity of the heart, which is a EKG reading, the reading can detect abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation (AFib) and hyperkalemia which is also known as high potassium. The sensors then send the information to an app.
There are more than one study being conducted using the Apple Watch and the AliveCor KardiaBand, one study done by the Mayo Clinic which started in 1994 up to 2017, has shown that these devices used together can detect if the potassium level is too high. Another study carried out by the Cleveland Clinic discovered that the KardiaBand was able to successfully detect Afib at an accurate level with 93 percent sensitivity and 94 percent specificity.
The KardiaBand can be purchased from AliveCor or from Amazon for $199. In order to use the product, the user must have a subscription to the AliveCor premium service, the service includes SmartRhythm notifications, unlimited EKG readings, detection of atrial fibrillation or normal sinus rhythm, as well as unlimited cloud history and reporting of all EKG’s, the annual price for the premium service is $99.