Withings beats Apple Watch with first ECG smartwatch in Australia

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Withings – a company that’s earned a reputation for creating stylish smartwatches with a clear health focus – has announced the Australian availability of its ScanWatch. It’s the first smartwatch to market here that includes clinically-approved ECG functionality. 

While other smartwatches can monitor and record your heart rate, only the Withings ScanWatch has been approved by the Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration as a medical device. It’s beaten Apple, Fitbit, Garmin and all the other players that offer similar wearables with ECG hardware available on board but unfortunately aren’t approved for use Down Under.

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This will be of particular interest to the estimated 475,000 Australians that suffer from atrial fibrillation (Afib), which is an irregular heartbeat that increases risk of stroke or heart attack. A great many people will be unaware they might have this condition, and early detection via a product like this could be a critical element that leads to treatment, and a long and healthy life.

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