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‘Amazfit Verge II’ Is Announced With ECG & e-SIM, But Just In China For Now ($190).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access a pretty cool, and information-packed site, though I do NOT think it is an official ‘Amazfit’ site.


Click to access ‘Android Central’ coverage.


Amazfit continues to AMAZE with the Verge, one of my favorite smartwatches.

Apple Watch 4 like ECG/EKG capability, in an AMOLED display watch, with a snappy ‘Snapdragon Wear 2500’ processor, for ~ US $190. That is CRAZY.

Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.

With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.

U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.


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I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

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I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.


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by Anura Guruge

I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

by Anura Guruge


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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

Click to ENLARGE.


I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.


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More News That Garmin Plans To Offer Enhanced Heart Monitoring Features.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the original post by “MedCity News”.


My heads-up posts from December 2018. Click to access.


It goes without saying that Garmin wasn’t going to let Apple, Fitbit etc. leave it in the dust when it came to advanced health monitoring capabilities such as ECGs. The partnership with ‘Actigraph‘, in December, was just an inkling. Now, this with further news of Garmin’s active collaborations. Not sure when Garmin will announce some products. I have heard that there are some new Garmin & Fitbit watches expected before Easter. But, I am still short on details. Of course, I will share with you as soon as I find out. Till then, this is good news.


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First ‘Apple’, Then ‘Withings’ & Next ‘Google’ Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.

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Click to access the ‘Verge’ original.


Click to access the ‘Verily’ Website.


Verily‘, launched in 2015, is a subsidiary of Alphabet (i.e., Google). It focuses on life sciences and healthcare. So, it makes sense that Google is getting them to spearhead this ECG initiative.

This is a concept watch for now, NOT available to the consumer.

But, we all know where it is going. It is no secret that Google will announce a ‘Pixel’ smartwatch, later in 2019, to compete with Apple, Fitbit etc. That is when we will see this ECG feature.

The ‘Verge’ article has it right. Over the next 6 months we will start seeing more and more watches offering ECG. I am excited.


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Apple Watch 4 (With ECG), For Free, To Seniors With Medicare Advantage Plans?

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From CNBC.


This could be HUGE — for all sides; win-win-win. By that I mean, HUGE for: Apple, seniors who get it & the insurance companies (like Humana) that may participate.

Apple Watch 4 has 4 important HEALTH-related features, of particular pertinence to seniors. They are:

  1. ECG/EKG reading off the wrist.
    ….
  2. Fall detection using gyroscope.
    …..
  3. Emergency SOS (i.e., 911) calling.
    ….
  4. Relaxation (reduce stress) APP.

In theory, these features could help insurers safe money. So, that is what this is all about. Some Medicare Advantage plans (and I do have a Humana Plan) pay for Health Club membership. So, this along those same lines.

This would be HUGE for Apple. If Seniors start promenading around with Apple Watch 4s others will follow. Great marketing for Apple. The best.


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Ever Stylish ‘Withings’ Joins Apple In Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.

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It is not as fancy, nor expensive, as the Apple Watch 4, but it looks good, has fixed analog hands and claims to have a 1-year battery life. But, it is not due to be available till the second-half of 2019 and does not have built-in GPS. I am also not sure whether it does Heart Rate outside of doing an ECG. Hhhmmm.

Without GPS, any Withings is not for I. Shame. I like their look and the battery life is taking things to a whole new dimension (and I write this while charging my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus).

Appears that Withings needs FDA approval before they can release this. I will try and keep you posted.

This was announced at ‘CES 2019‘ that is just starting.


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Garmin Partnering With Medical Specialist ‘Actigraph’ — ECG Feature Soon?

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Click image to access ‘Wareable’ coverage.


‘Actigraph’ makes MEDICAL-grade activity trackers — BUT NO ECG as yet.


How I got ECG capability … Click to access post.



The Apple Watch 4 ECG/EKG feature, as I expected, is getting a LOT of favorable press — with stories about how it has already saved lives.

Garmin has to react fairly soon.

This partnership with Actigraph is a good start. Actigraph, right now, does not have a ECG/EKG product but you have to be sure that they and Garmin have been looking into it. As I discovered the ‘chipsets’ for getting the ECG/EKG readings are readily available and not that expensive. So, it is not a huge hill that has to be climbed.

Actigraph, right now, appears to marketing high-end activity trackers — albeit without GPS. So, quite a bit of overlap, but also areas that they can cooperate on to improve.

Good move. I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring On ANY Apple Watch With AliveCor’s ‘KardiaBand’.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to AliveCor’s product page.


This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!

It is definitely worth $99 and I say that as somebody who just a month ago bought a $99 ‘KardiMobile‘ that works with BOTH Android & Apple and does NOT require the $99 Premium Membership.

IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.

Great idea. Poor execution.

I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.

I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.


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I Got An AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ So I Can Get ECGs WITHOUT An Apple Watch Series 4.

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I got it yesterday, Saturday, and only managed to try it out at 1:54am the next day. Yes, nearly 2am on Sunday. This is normal for I — and as you can see from 60bpm heart rate I do good at night.

AliveCor insists that the first ECG has to be APPROVED by a Board Certified cardiologists BEFORE you can see it. Seems like an unreasonable imposition to I. But, no way you can get around it. They say that the turn-around will be within 24-hours.

Mine was approved when I checked my e-mail at ~9am in the morning. So, that was pretty good. Looks like I will live through at least this coming week.

Don’t know it is right or accurate. The heart rate was spot on SINCE I had my Garmin Fenix 5 on — and also checked my blood pressure with a cuff. Both of them also said 60 bpm, which is fairly average for I if I am sitting down doing nothing. So, at least that part is correct.

The ‘Kardi’ APP is kind of obnoxious. Won’t let you take screenshots BUT you can e-mail your ECG. So, I just e-mail myself each ECG. They arrive as PDF. Once I have the PDF I can do whatever.

I don’t see the need for the $10/month PREMIUM option. Just e-mail the ECGs to yourself.

It does NOT require Bluetooth or PAIRING. It works via an ultrasound signal picked up by our phones microphone. So, that is easy enough.

Yes, you can let others use it. I already did. No problem.

I am NOT attaching it to my phone. That is stupid. I am storing it in the rather nice box it came in. That works. That is the blue packaging you see in the pictures.


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