Google might let the Fitbit track passive heart rhythm. The firm has submitted a new feature to FDA for permission to track the passive heart rhythm. As of now, Fitbit can only track irregular rhythm that too in a periodical manner.
According to Google, this new feature will run in the background and alert the user if he/she has atrial fibrillation or not. This will let Google bring Fitbit close to Apple with proper EKG. Back in 2020, Fitbit did a user survey with a selected userbase to use the feature. Out of the userbase, 5000 people were flagged to have Atrial Fibrillation. Out of 5000, around 1000 took the EKG patch. Of that group, only 1/3rd were tested positive, thus proving the prediction percentage to be near 98%.
With Atrial Fibrillation, stroke has a common occurrence. And with this feature, Fitbit might help more people detect before things occur suddenly. But this feature might have its own fair share of cons as well.
Source: The Verge
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