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This New Apple Watch Accessory Can Predict a Leading Cause of Strokes

Kardia Band for Apple Watch

The Apple Watch already comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, but certain factors can prevent it from getting an accurate reading. The way the strap fits on a user’s wrist, how he or she moves their wrist, and the presence of tattoos can all impact the device’s heart rate monitor, as Apple explains.

But AliveCor’s Kardia Band claims to bring medical-grade heart tracking to the Apple Watch by using a different type of technology more commonly used by health professionals.

The Kardia band for Apple Watch, which is expected to be available in late spring, uses electrocardiogram technology (EKG) to check the state of a wearer’s heart.

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