Apple enables electrocardiogram on Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2

watchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection

What is clear is that Apple has integrated ECG sensors in all Series 4 models, irrespective of the country.

Choose Set Up ECG App on the pop-up telling you about the ECG app on Apple Watch. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in pockets around the world and watches on tens of millions of wrists, Apple says it has a responsibility to empower people with more information about their health. Even in India, the Watch Series 4 (review) has all the necessary hardware and once the company gets the nod, the ECG read-out app will be activated with a software update.

Heart rhythms will then be classed into either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive categories.

The update adds the ECG app to Watch Series 4 devices in the States (where the ECG is now only available) and also unlocks irregular heart rate warnings on all Apple Watch from Series 1 through to Series 4.

Scroll down and tap Continue on the next page where you'll see a listing of the results you might see with the ECG app. The support arrived as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, which brings both the heart rhythm notification and the electrocardiogram app. Irregular rhythm notifications, meanwhile, are made possible by the optical heart sensor found on the Apple Watch Series 1 and later.

If the watch detects an irregular rhythm over five checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, you'll receive an alert on your watch.

Apple also announced another heart health feature for Apple Watch: Now, it can notify you if your heart rate may be irregular, a condition known as atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Apple also released a feature for all Apple Watch models that monitors for an irregular heartbeat.

Note: Make sure the Apple Watch is on the Charging pad during the entire installation procedure and also make sure it is near the companion iPhone connected to Wi-Fi. Doing this completes the circuit, enabling the device to measure heart electrical signals. Current data shows that anywhere from 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans may suffer atrial fibrillation - a statistic that can be lowered and much more accurately measured with real-time, on-the-go ECG readings.

Unfortunately the ECG feature is now only available in the U.S. and Apple has not stated when it could arrive in other territories. The ECG results are stored on your iPhone in the Health app.

"I think you'll be able to look back at some point in the future, and Apple's greatest contribution will have been to people's health".

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