Global  

“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

Hands-On With the ECG Feature for Apple Watch Series 4

MacRumours.com Thursday, 6 December 2018 ()
Apple today released the watchOS 5.1.2 update to the public, and the update implements a much-anticipated ECG feature for all Apple Watch Series 4 users in the United States.

Following the launch of the new update, we installed the software and went hands-on with the ECG function to see just how it works.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

An ECG, or electrocardiogram, is designed to measure the electrical activity of the heart to detect abnormal rhythms and diagnose serious heart conditions.

The Apple Watch Series 4 allows users to take a single-lead electrocardiogram to keep an eye on heart health. This isn't as informative or as sensitive as the multi-lead ECGs you might get in a doctor's office or hospital, which use several points of contact, but it provides valuable information for those who might not even be aware of a heart condition.

The ECG feature in the Apple Watch uses electrodes built into the sapphire crystal of the Apple Watch (where the heart rate sensor is located) and the Digital Crown that work together to detect the electrical impulses from your heartbeat and route the data to the S4 processor in the device, where it is converted into a signal for Apple's algorithms.
You can take an ECG using the built-in ECG app on the Apple Watch, which walks you through the steps. You'll need to place a finger on the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch and wait for approximately 30 seconds while the measurement is taken.
You'll see a countdown on your wrist, which is designed to let you know just how long your finger needs to stay in place before you can move it.
Following the conclusion of the ECG, Apple will provide a heart rhythm classification that can be shared with your doctor. If your heart is beating in a normal rhythm, Apple will let you know that a standard sinus rhythm has been detected. If your heart is not beating normally, however, the app will let you know that atrial fibrillation has been detected.

If atrial fibrillation is detected, Apple will suggest that you get in touch with your doctor for further testing.

All ECG results captured with the Apple Watch Series 4 are stored in the Health app in a format that's easy to export and share with your doctor.
Apple has received de novo FDA clearance for the ECG feature in the Apple Watch Series 4, but FDA clearance is not the same as full FDA approval. The FDA does not recommend that the ECG feature be used by those under 22 or those who have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

The Apple Watch Series 4's ECG function is not designed to replace traditional methods of diagnosis or treatment, and Apple intends for it to be used for informational purposes.

At the current time, Apple Watch Series 4 owners in the United States are the only Apple Watch customers who can take an ECG because the feature needs regulatory approval to be made available in other countries. Apple is working to expand the feature to additional countries.

While the ability to take an ECG is limited to Apple Watch Series 4 users, Apple is implementing a secondary feature designed to send Apple Watch Series 1, 2, 3, and 4 users a notification if an irregular heartbeat is detected via the normal heart rate sensor in the device.

For now, the ECG feature is available in a beta capacity to developers who have the watchOS 5.1.2 update installed. There is no watchOS public beta, so non-developers will need to wait until the official release of watchOS 5.1.2 to install the update.

What do you think of the ECG option in the Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

Discuss this article in our forums
0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 
Credit: Engadget Today - Published < > Embed
News video: Apple Watch 4's ECG feature is rolling out today | Engadget Today

▶ Apple Watch 4's ECG feature is rolling out today | Engadget Today 01:47

An irregular heart rate notification is also available for all Apple Watches.

You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

How Apple Watch's ECG Heart Monitoring Feature Works [Video]How Apple Watch's ECG Heart Monitoring Feature Works 02:39

Here's what you need to know about Apple Watch's new heart monitoring feature, according to a cardiologist. This video, "How Apple Watch's ECG Heart Monitoring Feature Works ", first appeared on..

Credit: NowThis News - Published

Man says Apple Watch alerted him to serious heart issue [Video]Man says Apple Watch alerted him to serious heart issue 00:43

Ed Dental's Apple Watch gave him a warning about his heart that may have saved his life.

Credit: ABC 10 News | San Diego - Published

Apple Buys TV Show From Kevin Durant [Video]Apple Buys TV Show From Kevin Durant 00:56

Apple Buys TV Show From Kevin Durant The NBA star's new series, 'Swagger,' is heading to Apple. According to CNBC, the series will be a new drama based on Durant's experiences playing youth..

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories - Published

Where To Find The Best Apple Watch Deals? [Video]Where To Find The Best Apple Watch Deals? 00:42

The Apple Watch has become one of the most popular pieces of tech. It has a great design, excellent software, and sleek aesthetics. It's now commands the largest share of the smartwatch..

Credit: Wochit - Published

New Apple Watch Function Performs Mobile Electrocardiogram [Video]New Apple Watch Function Performs Mobile Electrocardiogram 00:25

Once the function is set up, the Apple Watch can share results with physicians.

Credit: CBS 3 Philly - Published

Apple Watch rolling out electrocardiograms for heart health [Video]Apple Watch rolling out electrocardiograms for heart health 05:10

Wearable technology is a more than $21 billion market and is on track to reach nearly $35 billion in the next four years. Smart watches are driving the trend. Apple is launching two new Apple Watch..

Credit: CBS News - Published

Khabib vs Conor McGregor Rematch inside a Boxing Ring? Khabib's Dad is interested,Iaquinta on Lee [Video]Khabib vs Conor McGregor Rematch inside a Boxing Ring? Khabib's Dad is interested,Iaquinta on Lee 06:30

-Buy MMA WORLD Merchandise https://teechip.com/stores/mmaworld3 -Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/mmaworld -Follow us on..

Credit: MMA World - Published

If I get an oppotunity to fight Tyron Woodley I'll KO Him,I'll welcome Jon Jones to HW-Blaydes [Video]If I get an oppotunity to fight Tyron Woodley I'll KO Him,I'll welcome Jon Jones to HW-Blaydes 07:07

-Buy MMA WORLD Merchandise https://teechip.com/stores/mmaworld3 -Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/mmaworld -Follow us on..

Credit: MMA World - Published


Recent related news from verified sources

9to5Mac Happy Hour 202: Apple Music coming to Echo, iPhone XR clear case, Apple Watch ECG launch

This week Benjamin and Zac share a quick review of the Smart Folio cover for the new iPad Pro, talk about Apple Music coming soon to Amazon’s Echo speakers,...
9to5Mac - TechnologyAlso reported by •MacRumours.com

Here's how the ECG app works on the latest Apple Watch

The ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 can detect AFib, a common cause of strokes.
USATODAY.com - Front Page

Apple expanding its health expertise to managing disease, reportedly now has 50 doctors on staff

December has been a big month for Apple’s health efforts as its long-awaited ECG (electrocardiogram) app for Apple Watch Series 4 recently landed. Now a new...
9to5Mac - Technology

How to take an ECG (electrocardiogram) on Apple Watch

After announcing Apple Watch Series 4 would be the first over-the-counter device to offer ECG readings, Apple has made the health feature available to all users...
9to5Mac - Technology


Tweets about this


Other recent news in Computer Industry

Intel Unveils Next-Generation 'SUNNY COVE' Processors and Graphics Appropriate for 2019 MacsLet's face it: The IPHONE XS MAX is the new iPad mini
Report: Apple could relaunch Texture MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION service in spring 2019
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest