ECG Functionality Comes to Apple Watch

ECG Functionality Comes to Apple Watch

ECG functionality is enabled by electrodes baked into Apple Watch's back crystal and Digital Crown.

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.

The new Apple Watch ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature are available as part of watchOS 5.1.2, which can be downloaded from the Software Update section of the Watch app on your iPhone.

Per Macrumors, Apple has told store employees to let customers know that the ECG app is "not meant to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis". This completes the circuit, measuring electrical signals across the heart. AFib, if left untreated, is one of the leading conditions that can result in stroke, the second-most common cause of death around the world, Apple explains.

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.

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Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $399.

It was recently revealed that the Apple Watch Series 4's groundbreaking electrocardiogram (ECG) feature will be activated in the upcoming WatchOS 5.1.2 update. Again, this could potentially save lives, as it could help users catch issues before they become serious. Apple designed it to detect irregular heart rhythms, which could be signs of atrial fibrillation. "With the release of these heart features, Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their health".

All heart data is securely stored inside the Health app and available only to you. The app also provides an option to export the test as a PDF to share with a physician.

While the original report from The Verge has been pulled, the chances of Apple not releasing watchOS 5.1.2 later today are pretty slim.

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