Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2

watchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection

watchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection

Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $399.

The long-awaited ECG app is nearly available on Apple Watch Series 4 (if you live in the U.S.) with watchOS 5.1.2. ECGs with your doctor generally involve 12 leads, while the Series 4 is only a single lead.

It is estimated that AFib can affect up to two percent of the younger population and nine percent of those aged 65 and older in the U.S. With Apple Watch, AFib can be easily identified - and recognizing it could save your life. After the test is complete, users can view results, complete with a chart of the heart rhythm, in the Apple Health app. To take an ECG reading, users must place their finger on the flat side of the Digital Crown on their Series 4 Watch. The study found the ECG app on Apple Watch demonstrated 98.3 percent sensitivity in classifying AFib and 99.6 percent specificity in classifying sinus rhythm in classifiable recordings.

When Apple announced its latest smartwatch alongside new iPhones in September, one of the most-talked about features was the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) right from your wrist. "With the release of these heart features, Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their health". Keep in mind that the download and installation may take a while so make sure you do not use your iPhone or Apple Watch while the wheels are in motion. With the updated accelerometer in the Series 4, those Watches can now detect when its wearer has fallen, notifying loved ones and emergency services when the wearer cannot do so themselves. But up till this point, that sensor lay dormant and was dependent on a software update to arrive to unlock all features. watchOS 5.1.2 is that update and those living in the United States can start using their devices to get an ECG reading on the fly.

"The ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 captures heart rhythm in a moment when customers experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heartbeat and helping to provide critical data to physicians", the Apple announcement notes.

The ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature will roll out across Apple Watch through the watchOS 5.1.2 update today.