Apple unveils its electrocardiogram (ECG) app in Europe and Hong Kong, along with notifications for abnormal rhythms

The ECG app for the Series 4 Watch was finally made available for download by Apple in Europe and Hong Kong. Notifications about irregular rhythms have also been made available in these places as of today.

To this day, ECG functionality has only been available in the United States. This is due to the fact that Apple did not receive authorization from regulatory agencies in other countries prior to the launch of the product, despite having received De Novo approval from the FDA.

Following the announcement made today, medical professionals in 19 European countries and Hong Kong will be able to obtain an ECG readout using the Series 4 equipment. The feature is included in a free update, which also enables notifications for abnormal rhythms, and can be accessed here.

Readings of the electrocardiogram are available whenever needed. Launch the ECG app on your device, then press your index finger against the digital crown to take a measurement. This establishes a connection between the digital crown and the sensor located on the back of the device. After that, the built-in electrodes will perform their function to detect electrical impulses coming from the heart. The duration of the measurement, in seconds, is approximately thirty seconds. The Health app on your phone will record and store all of this information for you.

The built-in optical heart sensor is utilized by the irregular heart rhythm notification feature, and it is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and subsequent models. Users who have this condition may also receive an early warning from this.

Atrial fibrillation is characterized by a disordered and disorganized pattern of electrical conduction in the heart. There are several potential causes, but those over the age of 60 are more likely to be affected.

Your heart rate is continuously monitored by the Apple Watch in the background at predetermined intervals. The user will receive a notification in the event that an unusual rhythm is picked up on five distinct occasions spanning a minimum of 65 minutes.

When you initially open the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch, you will have the opportunity to turn on heart rate notifications. You also have the option of doing so through the Apple Watch app that is installed on your iPhone. To activate “Irregular Rhythm,” you need only slide the switch that’s located next to it to the “on” position. You may also adjust the thresholds for the high and low heart rate alarms in this section.

If you want to utilize the ECG app on your watch, you will first need to update your watch to iOS 12.2; otherwise, watchOS 5.2 will not be displayed. After that, place your Apple Watch on its charger while ensuring that its current battery level is greater than 50%. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, navigate to the General menu, and then select the Software update option. After that, select the Download and Install option to complete the upgrade.

According to Jeff Williams, chief operating officer of Apple, “We’ve seen the ECG app and abnormal rhythm warnings on Apple Watch have a real impact on our consumers across the United States.”

“We are thrilled to be able to provide these services to clients in Europe and Hong Kong, providing them with access to enlightening information about their own cardiovascular health.”

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