EKG, OTHER HEART HEALTH FEA­TURES COME TO AP­PLE WATCH

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Ap­ple Watch is now ful­fill­ing its prom­ise to let peo­ple take EKGs of their heart and no­tify them when they have an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

Ap­ple an­nounced the heart fea­tures in Septem­ber, but didn’t make them avail­able un­til Thurs­day. 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, users can also take an EKG, or elec­tro­car­dio­gram, and share that with doc­tors.

Ap­ple is adding med­i­cal fea­tures to make the watch feel more use­ful to peo­ple.

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