IWatch ECG app use with ICD

Does anyone know if using the ECG app on your IWatch will interfere with the ICD or pacemaker? I don't see a lot of information on this subject. Thanks!


2 Comments

Interefere with your pacemaker?

by AgentX86 - 2022-08-05 10:18:13

No, it won't hurt your pacemaker or interfere with it's operation.  However, its utility will be limited.  They're not programmed or approved to "see around" pacing spikes.  Any automatic functions, like Afib detection, won't likely won't work but the EGK itself might be useful to the trained eye.  If your EP will accept it, he can read it. He can also use your PM directly (and use tools designed for the job) and would probably rather do that. 

You can learn to read your EKG yourself. Depending on what you're looking for, it might be easy to learn how to spot it.  OTOH, some things just can't be seen on a one-lead EKG (e.g. flutter).

If you're looking for it as a justification for an iWatch, it won't be useful enough. A six-lead Kardia would be a better, cheaper, alternative but even that will be limited (no automatic functions).  If you have an iWatch, sure, use it for your own edification.  To buy one to read EKGs, no.  Just my opinion.

Interefere with your pacemaker?

by Handspring - 2022-08-05 12:30:48

Thank you for your reply. I have a two lead ICD that should only go into action if needed, so no pacing (at this time). Just wanted to make sure it wouldn't affect the ICD. Thanks again!

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