ECG app coming to Apple Watch Series 4 today

Setting up the ECG app

Apple Watch Series 4 radically advanced the product line by reducing bezels, delivering a display that is over 30 percent larger than its predecessor.

ECG features are limited to Series 4 Watches, but Apple's irregular heart rhythm notification feature works on Series 1 devices and newer. Tim Cook said in an interview today that improving people's health will be Apple's greatest contribution to mankind. This ECG feature will be available for the users using Apple Watch in the U.S. with upgrading with to watchOS 5.1.2. This includes all watches except the original one since it does not officially support watchOS 5 and support for it was axed when the latest software update was released.

The ECG feature is created to "capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians", which could potentially save a lot of lives. The feature was part of Apple's recent Heart Study, with data from that study submitted to the FDA to get clearance for the feature.

Apple says the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature will help users identify signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of irregular rhythm.

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.

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It is also important to note that you must keep your expectations in check with the ECG feature. But up till this point, that sensor lay dormant and was dependent on a software update to arrive to unlock all features. watchOS 5.1.2 is that update and those living in the United States can start using their devices to get an ECG reading on the fly.

At Apple's September keynote the company introduced the Series 4 Apple Watch.

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

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

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