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

09 December, 2018, 15:22 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
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Unfortunately, this ECG feature is only available for Apple Watch Series 4 users in the U.S. and you can't use it in other countries including Malaysia just yet.

Unfortunately the ECG feature is now only available in the U.S. and Apple has not stated when it could arrive in other territories. Suffice it to say, the ECG app is undeniably a huge deal and represents Apple's biggest leap into the personal health arena yet. When you touch your finger to the latter, it creates a circuit that measures electrical signals from your heart.

"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".

Owners of Apple Watch Series 1 or newer aren't left out.

Most notably, the 5.1.2 update enables Cupertino's FDA-approved echocardiogram (ECG) feature on Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. The optical heart sensor on the Apple Watch Series 1 or later will occasionally check your heart rhythm in the background.

Discussing the functionality, Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, said: "We've added electrodes into the back sapphire crystal and digital crown, allowing you to take an electrocardiogram".

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Contrary to previous reports, changing the region on your phone will not make the Apple Watch ECG feature work internationally.

To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, users launch the new ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 and hold their finger on the Digital Crown. The Apple Watch Series 4 will give you a detailed PDF with you ECG so that you can forward it to your doctor.

The other feature that will be available on Apple's new smartwatch is the irregular heart rhythm notification. In a substudy of participants that received notifications-while wearing both the watch and an ECG patch-80% showed atrial fibrillation readings on the patch, while 98% showed either atrial fibrillations or other arrhythmias.

With that out of the way, you can download the latest update for all compatible watches over the air.

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. You can select All Data, Sinus Rhythm, Atrial Fibrillation, Low and High Heart Rate, and Inconclusive. This tool is for collecting data about your heart health, not how hard you're crushing a workout. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

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