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

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

The process takes about 30 seconds to complete, and then the Watch will show your measurement as a waveform on its screen along with an explanation of what it means.

Following the release of iOS 12.1.1 yesterday, Apple will be releasing watchOS 5.1.2 for the Apple Watch later today.

The ECG app is available for free, but it requires an Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5.1.2 or newer. In the study, 87.8 percent of recordings could be classified by the ECG app.

One of the standout features of the Apple Watch Series 4 is its ability to execute an ECG (electrocardiogram).

Apple expects it to change (and save) lives.

ECG, which on Apple Watch Series 4 functions via strategically-placed electrodes built into the back of the wearable (in conjunction with its Digital Crown), enables users to carry out a "single-lead electrocardiogram" from the convenience of their wrist. 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. 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. Apple designed it to detect irregular heart rhythms, which could be signs of atrial fibrillation.

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.

Saves ECG waveform, classification and any noted symptoms in a PDF on the Health app on iPhone to share with your doctor.

New ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 (US and USA territories only).

Today, Apple released an ECG app for Apple Watch that allows users to perform a limited electrocardiogram test.

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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