Electrocardiogram App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Available Today

Electrocardiogram App and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications Available Today

The long-awaited ECG app is nearly available on Apple Watch Series 4 (if you live in the U.S.) with watchOS 5.1.2.

Adds the ability to receive an alert if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation is detected (US and USA territories only). Keep in mind, however, the ECG feature requires the back crystal and electrodes in the Series 4, so if you have an older Apple Watch you're out of luck.

Apple's ECG app isn't a "real" electrocardiogram, of course: It only uses a single sensor on the user's wrist, where formal ECG tests utilize multiple electrodes in more viable locations. Now, nearly three months after the device made its debut, the ECG app is finally available. Also, that it "should not be used to monitor or track disease state or change medication without first talking to a doctor", according to Apple's document as cited by Macrumors. 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. According to the CDC, AFib is estimated to affect up to two percent of the younger population and almost 10 percent of Americans over the age of 65.

The ECG app is for the Watch itself, while ECG data gets stored in Apple's Health app on iOS devices.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 stood out among previous models and competing smartwatches, thanks to the new ECG features and the new fall-detection feature. "With the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature, customers can now better understand aspects of their heart health in a more meaningful way".

Today, with the release of watchOS 5.1.2, Apple has shipped the ECG app.

Can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation-a serious form of irregular heart rhythm-or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal pattern. From there, you can create a report and share your results with a doctor.

Just weeks after seeding its watchOS 5.1.1 software update to the public, which primarily patched a bricking issue discovered in the initial build and introduced new emoji characters, the company on Thursday released its third (and arguably most highly-anticipated) update to watchOS 5: version 5.1.2, to the public.

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