Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
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Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2

Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2

Additionally, watchOS 5.1.2 includes onboard notifications when a heart rate reading determines an irregularity.

The long-awaited ECG app is nearly available on Apple Watch Series 4 (if you live in the U.S.) with watchOS 5.1.2.

Per Macrumors, Apple has told store employees to let customers know that the ECG app is "not meant to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis".

When using an ECG app, the user will need to place his or her finger on the Digital Crown, working in tandem with sensors on the bottom of the watch, and hold still for 30 seconds. According to the CDC, AFib is estimated to affect up to two percent of the younger population and almost 10 percent of Americans over the age of 65. "With the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature, customers can now better understand aspects of their heart health in a more meaningful way".

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"The role that technology plays in allowing patients to capture meaningful data about what's happening with their heart, right when it's happening, like the functionality of an on-demand ECG, could be significant in new clinical care models and shared decision making between people and their healthcare providers", said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health. Again, this could potentially save lives, as it could help users catch issues before they become serious. However, Series 1 and up will offer irregular heart rhythm notifications by checking your rhythm in the background and alerting you if signs of AFib are identified. But if you want to share it with your physician, Apple makes it easy to export it all into a PDF.

CNET was given early access to the new ECG app and tested it in a doctor's office, and the experience for Vanessa Hand Orellana is something you'll just have to read.

The all-important watchOS 5.1.2 update is rolling out now, so you should have it on your smartwatch over the next couple of days.


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