Apple declared the heart features in September, but didn’t make them available until Thursday using watchOS5.1.2. The new features have been given clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration and therefore are for US customers only.
The watch can properly assess the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background and send a notification when it finds irregular heart rhythm. That may point to atrial fibrillation, a condition that could increase the risk of stroke and other complications. Apple says the watch will notify users if it detects an irregular rhythm on five checks over at least 65 minutes.
When symptoms arise, users may also take an EKG, or electrocardiogram, and share that with physicians. This attribute is available for the latest, Series 4 version of this watch. The app, known as ECG, comes as part of a free software update for your opinion, which also brings new Infograph complications for Mail, Maps, Messages, Find My Friends, Home, News, Phone, Remote apps.
The irregular heart notification is available for older models, too, starting with the”Series 1″ version in 2016. It does not work with the original, 2015 version.
Apple is adding medical characteristics to make the watch feel more useful to individuals. A fall detection feature started in September. If it receives no response within a moment, the watch will automatically set an emergency message and call friends and family designated as emergency contacts.
This upgrade includes new features, improvements and bug fixes:
Lets You take an electrocardiogram Somewhat like a single-lead electrocardiogram
Can indicate if your heart rhythm reveals signs of atrial fibrillation–a more serious form of irregular heart rhythm–or even sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal routine
Saves ECG waveform, classification and any noted symptoms at a PDF on the Health app on iPhone to share with your Physician
Adds the ability for an alert if an irregular heart rhythm that Seems to be atrial fibrillation is discovered (US and US territories only)
Lets direct access to supported movie tickets, coupons, and rewards cards in Wallet when tapped into a contactless reader
Get notifications and animated parties when you reach daily maximum points Daily during an Activity competition
New Infograph complications for Mail, Maps, Messages, Find My Friends, Home, News, Phone, Remote
Handle your accessibility for Walkie-Talkie out of Control Center