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Some doctors worry the new Apple Watch health features will freak us all out, WebMD-style

Some doctors worry the new Apple Watch health features will freak us all out, WebMD-style

Apple trotted out cardiologist Ivor Benjamin, who’s also the president of the American Heart Association, during today’s product showcase at the Steve Jobs Theatre to tout what he described as the “game-changing” Apple Watch Series 4 the company announced today. His laudatory comment was focused specifically on what sounds like one of the watch’s coolest and potentially life-saving new features — the presence of a sensor that can perform an electrocardiogram right there from your wrist.

Along those lines, Apple said the upgraded feature-packed watch model sports a new accelerometer and gyroscope, which can be used to detect hard falls. An electrical heart rate sensor also takes the ECG using a new ECG app that Apple says has been granted a stamp of approval from the FDA.