About a year ago Apple made headlines when the Apple Watch became the first ECG reading wearable to get FDA-clearance. It’s part of a trend for health tracking tech – that now includes this credit-card sized WiWe portable ECG monitor – that’s attempting to make it easier than ever to keep track of your heart health.
The WIWE provides a clinical-grade ECG to check for arrhythmia or stroke as well as check for heart rate after exertion to check fitness levels.
While there is no shortage of heart rate training chest straps, ECG monitors have not been available to amateur fitness enthusiasts until recently. Now there is a healthy range of devices which are capable of dishing up a pulse waveform similar to what you’d get from a professional electrocardiogram.
An early Xmas present to myself arrived at Chez Moi last month in the shape of a rather thick credit card. It's not actually a credit card though, and while it's a chunky 6mm wide it is pretty smart truth be told. That's because it's a clinically validated cardiac diagnostic device, a heart monitor to you and me, called a WIWE. Once I got myself over the fact that I cannot stop pronouncing it as a wee wee, I quickly found the WIWE does a whole lot more than your Fitbit or smartwatch can do in terms of monitoring your heart health.