Apple Watch update let's users take an ECG test
Apple has finally launched a controversial health feature allowing users of its smartwatch to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) by holding a finger on the crown of the device.
The watch can also intermittently check the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background and send a notification if it detects irregular heart rhythm.
The new features have been given clearance by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and are for U.S. customers only.
The watch can intermittently check the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background and send a notification if it detects irregular heart rhythm.
That can point to atrial fibrillation, a condition that can increase the risk of stroke and other complications.
When symptoms appear, Apple Watch users can now also take an ECG, or electrocardiogram, and share that with doctors.
However, some medical experts say the new technology should be treated cautiously. However, some medical experts say the new technology should be treated cautiously.
Apple says the watch will notify users if it detects an irregular rhythm on five checks over at least 65 minutes.
Apple is adding medical features to make the watch feel more useful to people. A fall detection feature launched in September.
It claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall - and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.).
If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.
The ECG Apple Watch