ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG functionality is going live today with watchOS

ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch

The ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 is meant to take an electrocardiogram right from your wrist.

The "region trick" to get Apple News in Canada does not work for the ECG app, as it's limited to Apple Watch models purchased in the U.S. To comply with USA regulations, Apple has also announced that it will honor refund requests related to health features for up to 45 days after purchase. The support arrived as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, which brings both the heart rhythm notification and the electrocardiogram app.

In order to take an ECG, users just need to place their finger on the digital crown and rest will be done by the Watch. When you touch your finger to the latter, it creates a circuit that measures electrical signals from your heart.

I also would have gotten a PDF of the results in the Health app to share with my doctor-because you can bet I would've panicked and called her, ASAP.

According to Apple, its new notification feature can periodically check the user's heart rhythms in the background when the device is on the wearer's wrist.

Apple worked with government-run Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several years and finally got the De Novo classification for the ECG app and the irregular heart rhythm notification feature, making the features available on Apple Watches. Buy the Apple Watch 4 at Amazon, Best Buy or B&H Photo. This feature would help users identify the signs of atrial fibrillation, which is the most common form of irregular heart rhythm and if left untreated can even lead to death.

The ECG app is available for free, but it requires an Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5.1.2 or newer.

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

Apple Watch Series 4 has exclusive faces that showcase myriad details such as alarms, timers and sunset times. While you go about your day, the watch sporadically checks your heart's rhythm. The Doctor confirmed the Watch's reading, saying "this probably saved you".

At the time of launch, Apple announced that only users in the U.S. will get the ability to use the feature, and that this will happen later in 2018.

If the ECG app detects a normal rhythm, users will be informed that they have a standard sinus rhythm. You must have the Watch placed on its charger, connected to Wi-Fi or LTE, with at least 50-percent battery to download the update. If the feature detects five abnormal readings consecutively, the feature will prompt you about your condition and suggest that you visit a doctor as soon as possible. It gives people access to important heart health data without having to see a doctor first.

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