Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Apple enables electrocardiogram on Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2

Apple enables electrocardiogram on Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2

Apple shared two videos on YouTube this morning highlighting the life-saving power of the Apple Watch and its heart rate sensor. The app should then start reading your heart rhythm and start making notes of your heart beat, recording it all down into the Apple Health app on your iPhone.

This electrode pairs with another electrode built into the bottom of the Series 4's new sapphire crystal back. Now, Apple is activating it in the U.S. through watchOS update 5.1.2. The ECG features are meant to allow users to take more control over their health and provide more background information to their doctors.

The health monitoring feature has now only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA, but it appears there is a way to access the ECG feature outside of the U.S., too.

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.

The reading will show you whether you have a normal sinus rhythm, or if there are signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib). ECG results taken with the Apple Watch are stored in the Health app, from which they can be exported as a PDF for sharing with your physician.

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New ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 (US and U.S. territories only). With the updated accelerometer in the Series 4, those Watches can now detect when its wearer has fallen, notifying loved ones and emergency services when the wearer cannot do so themselves.

If you happen to be the owner of an Apple Watch Series 4, you'll be happy to know that the electrocardiogram (EKG) reader and irregular heart rate feature.

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.

The irregular heart notification is available for older models, too, starting with the "Series 1" model in 2016.

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

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