Ap­ple Watch up­date let's users take an ECG test

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Mark Prigg © Daily Mail, Lon­don

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

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