: Apple WatchOS update bring heart monitor feature


CubaMark
Dec 6th, 2018, 10:31 AM
I've had no less than three friends ask me in the past year about picking up an Apple Watch as a gift for elderly parents with heart issues, to make use of the monitoring capabilities. Today Apple upped it's heart monitoring game with anywhere, anytime ECG ability:

ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch (https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/12/ecg-app-and-irregular-heart-rhythm-notification-available-today-on-apple-watch/)

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Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram 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.

The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified. Apple worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of years to receive De Novo classification for the ECG app and the irregular heart rhythm notification, making the features available over the counter.

Available today as part of a free update to watchOS 5.1.2, the ECG app1 and irregular heart rhythm notification feature2 will help users identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm. When left untreated, AFib is one of the leading conditions that can result in stroke, the second most common cause of death around the world.

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New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading. To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, users launch the new ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 and hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured. After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. All recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms are stored securely in the Health app on iPhone. Users can share a PDF of the results with physicians.
(Apple (https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/12/ecg-app-and-irregular-heart-rhythm-notification-available-today-on-apple-watch/))

macintosh doctor
Dec 7th, 2018, 10:45 PM
only in the US at the moment no where else if i am not mistaken.

TiltAgain
Dec 8th, 2018, 01:12 AM
only in the US at the moment no where else if i am not mistaken.

Correct; and according to what I read, region-spoofing does not change this. Apparently they have tied it to device identifiers and only those devices actually sold in the US will work.

Cheers

SINC
Dec 8th, 2018, 05:55 AM
I wonder then why I had an update on my series 1 Apple Watch yesterday, coincidence? Will know better when I put it on later today as I set it to update overnight. Will report back.

CubaMark
Dec 8th, 2018, 02:46 PM
I don't have the article at hand right now, but IIRC, it's likely they'll unlock by region as they obtain regulatory approval in a given market. Canada shouldn't be too far behind....

SINC
Dec 8th, 2018, 04:26 PM
I wonder then why I had an update on my series 1 Apple Watch yesterday, coincidence? Will know better when I put it on later today as I set it to update overnight. Will report back.

Nuttin' I notice, that's what.

polywog
Dec 9th, 2018, 05:15 AM
I don't have the article at hand right now, but IIRC, it's likely they'll unlock by region as they obtain regulatory approval in a given market. Canada shouldn't be too far behind....

Hopefully not as far behind as with the News app. What's it been now, 2 years?