Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Apple Watch ECG feature is ready to offer serious heart health monitoring

Apple Watch ECG feature is ready to offer serious heart health monitoring

It is estimated that AFib can affect up to two percent of the younger population and nine percent of those aged 65 and older in the U.S. With Apple Watch, AFib can be easily identified - and recognizing it could save your life. Keep in mind that this feature is only limited to those with Series 4 watches and those residing in the United States only.

The update will enable ECG functionality on the Apple Watch Series 4 which was heavily publicized by Apple during the unveiling of the wearable. Results will be saved in the Health app, and can also be exported to PDFs to share with doctors. Among the features announced was a preview of the ability to generate an electrocardiogram or ECG within thirty seconds by placing a finger on the Digital Crown. When a user places their fingertip on the latter, it forms a circuit that allows the Watch to read their heart's rhythm in just 30 seconds. "With the release of these heart features, Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their health". The Apple Watch Series 4 will give you a detailed PDF with you ECG so that you can forward it to your doctor. With the updated accelerometer in the Series 4, those Watches can now detect when its wearer has fallen, notifying loved ones and emergency services when the wearer cannot do so themselves.

Apple Watch users can now download watchOS 5.1.2 over the air.

Apple Watch Series 4

watchOS 5.1.2 introduces new complications for the Infograph watch face on the Apple Watch Series 4, which take advantage of the model's larger display and can be configured to incorporate shortcuts to apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Apple News, Phone, Remote, and more.

In that sub-study, of the participants that received an irregular rhythm notification on their Apple Watch while simultaneously wearing an ECG patch, 80 percent showed AFib on the ECG patch and 98 percent showed AFib or other clinically relevant arrhythmias.
It's available for Series 1 devices and newer that are paired to iOS devices running iOS 12.1.1 and higher. Now launch the Watch app on the iPhone, go to General Software Update and then tap on Download and Install as soon as the update shows up.

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