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

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

While it is definitely a technological marvel on Apple's part to bring ECG feature to Apple Watch Series 4, it is no substitute for a proper ECG machine.

However, Apple Watch Series 4 is not a replacement for hospital tests for an ECG or a doctor's prescribed test.

While the ECG support is a feature now only reserved for the Watch Series 4, the watchOS 5.1.2 update will also bring a new heart rate feature that will work with the Watch Series 1 and later.

There's just one problem. If the feature has to launch in India, it will be need regulatory approval here as well.

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Additionally, the Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 now support irregular heartbeat notifications for the United States, a feature that occasionally checks wearers' heart rhythms in the background and shows an alert if an irregular rhythm is detected on five checks over a minimum of 65 minutes. This feature is also included in the watchOS 5.1.2 update, along with new complications for the Infograph watch face, Walkie-Talkie availability management in the Control Center, bug fixes, and more. If they are out of rhythm, you have an atrial fibrillation and you should contact your doctor immediately.

Rest your arms comfortably on a table, or in your lap. 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. According to Apple, each reading will be classified as either atrial fibrillation (AFib), sinus rhythm (normal), or inconclusive.

To get the new update, you simply have to go to the Watch app on your iPhone and navigate over to General. An inconclusive rhythm - which is the result you are likely going to get most of the times - means an improper and inconclusive reading. This includes a graphical chart of your heart rate's rhythm and Apple's recommendations. The FDA clearance for Apple Watch Series 4 also notes that ECG feature is not meant for those under 22 years of age and for anyone with known arrhythmia or other heart-related problems.

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