Apple Officially Released watchOS 5.1.2 with ECG, New Complications and More

Apple Officially Released watchOS 5.1.2 with ECG, New Complications and More

Apple Officially Released watchOS 5.1.2 with ECG, New Complications and More

You can check our post on how to use the ECG app on your Apple Watch Series 4. On Thursday, Apple will release a software update for Apple Watch owners that adds an ECG app to the company's latest smartwatch.

But even with the Series 4's FDA-clearance tag, neither the Watch nor Apple's ECG app are diagnostic tools, and they won't replace a doctor's visit. Suffice it to say, the ECG app is undeniably a huge deal and represents Apple's biggest leap into the personal health arena yet.

ECG, which on Apple Watch Series 4 functions via strategically-placed electrodes built into the back of the wearable (in conjunction with its Digital Crown), enables users to carry out a "single-lead electrocardiogram" from the convenience of their wrist. This completes the circuit, measuring electrical signals across the heart. You can also tap on Export a PDF for your Doctor to share a more detailed report easily. This ECG feature will be available for the users using Apple Watch in the USA with upgrading with to watchOS 5.1.2.

The much larger Apple Heart Study, screening over 400,000 participants for atrial fibrillation, also evaluated the watch's irregular rhythm background notification feature.

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 ECG app is for the Watch itself, while ECG data gets stored in Apple's Health app on iOS devices. The Apple Watch Series 4 normally has a standard 14-day return period.

The app then classifies the heartbeat reading as a normal sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation or inconclusive.

Apple Watch Series 4 will now help users in the United States take an electrocardiogram (ECG) right from their wrist, 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.

Apple also announced another heart health feature for Apple Watch: Now, it can notify you if your heart rate may be irregular, a condition known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). If it clocks five or more consecutive irregularities over a minimum of 65 minutes, it pings you. When there are a series of readings that are out of whack, it will give you a notification.

"There's a huge opportunity to empower people with more information about their health", Williams said. Also keep in mind that once you update your watch, you can not downgrade it back to previous versions of watchOS.

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