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The Apple Watch's new ECG feature is already saving lives

The Apple Watch's new ECG feature is already saving lives

Keep in mind, however, the ECG feature requires the back crystal and electrodes in the Series 4, so if you have an older Apple Watch you're out of luck.

Apple watchOS 5.1.2 update brings ECG feature to the Series 4 device.

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Apple Watch Series 4 has started receiving an important ECG feature from Thursday onwards with the roll out of new WatchOS update. The AFib feature runs in the background and will occasionally check for your heart rhythm; if five consecutive irregular heart rhythms are detected, you'll get a notification.

Many Apple Watch Series 4 users have shared demonstrations of how the ECG app works. The Apple Watch 4 is being sold worldwide, of course, and it includes a heart sensor, but the app will be limited to the USA for now.

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With that out of the way, you can download the latest update for all compatible watches over the air. Getting the app itself set up is a team effort involving both the watch and the iPhone it's attached to in order to get things working. The Health app will also provide the user an option to easily turn the relevant information into a PDF file and send it directly to their doctor. When it comes to the USA, the company collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the course of a couple of years in order to make these new features available to the public.

Apple has released watchOS 5.1.2, enabling the long-awaited ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. This may happen when the watch is not in proper contact with the wrist.

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The ECG app's ability to accurately classify an ECG recording into atrial fibrillation (AFib) and sinus rhythm was validated in a clinical trial that delivered a 98.3 percent sensitivity in classifying AFib earlier this year. You can find your results again by opening the Health app on your iPhone and tapping Health Data. It takes 30 seconds to measure, and all you have to do is hold your finger against the Digital Crown.

The second lead editor is Bonnie Forand who helps the other Tech News Watch reporters choose or decide which stories they should cover. This could be a life saving feature as it can detect signs of atrial fibrillation. The same update will enable irregular rhythm notifications to the Apple Watch.

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Based on the FDA clearance, Apple Watch Series 4 is a Class II device and needs "special labelling" and has to meet "mandatory performance standards".