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watchOS 5.1.2 is released to Apple Watches owners, bringing ECG in the United States

IOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2 and tvOS 12.1.1 had already left yesterday, but it was still missing watchOS 5.1.2. No more: it has just been officially released to all compatible Apple Watch owners in its 16S46 build.

Pulse ECG

ECG on Apple Watch Series 4

This version comes with a big news: this is the ECG feature, which is initially available only in the US (but you can try changing your Apple Watch region to that country if you bought your Apple Watch on pas). Soon we will post a demo video here on MacMagazine.

According to Apple, it is the first direct-to-consumer product that allows customers to perform a pulse electrocardiogram, capturing heart rate at a time when they experience symptoms such as rapid or bouncing beats, helping to provide critical data to physicians.

ECG on Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch's irregular rhythm notification feature (running from Series 1, it should be noted) can now also occasionally check background heart rhythms and send a notification if an irregular heart rate, which looks like atrial fibrillation ( AFib) is identified. This feature is the result of Apple's work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several years to receive the ?New? rating for the ECG application and for irregular heart rate notification.

ECG on Apple Watch Series 4

Apple also pointed out that when left untreated, AFib is one of the main conditions that can result in stroke, the second most common cause of death worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that AFib can affect up to 2% of the young population and 9% of those 65 and older in the US.

Jeff Willians, Apple's chief operating officer, made the following statement:

Apple Watch has been helping so many people around the world and we are humble to become such an important part of our customers' lives. With the release of these features, Apple Watch takes the next step to empower people with more information about their health.

Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple's vice president of health, also commented on the arrival of the appeal:

We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their doctors. With the ECG app and uneven pace notification feature, customers can now better understand aspects of their heart health in a more meaningful way.

How it works

New electrodes built into the back of the watch and Digital Crown Apple Watch Series 4 devices work in conjunction with the ECG application to enable an electrocardiogram similar to a single electrode reading.

To make an ECG recording at any time or after an irregular rhythm notification, simply open the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 and put your finger on the Digital Crown. When the user touches it, the completed circuit and the electrical signals in the heart are measured. After 30 seconds, the heart rate is classified as AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive.

ECG on Apple Watch Series 4

All recordings, their associated ratings and any observed symptoms are safely stored in the Sade app (Health) from the iPhone. And sharing this information with your doctor is very simple, just generate a PDF.

Other news

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The new version of the system also brings some new complications and a new shortcut for turning the Walkie Talkie on or off via Control Center.

Here's the changelog Full official:

This update includes new features, enhancements, and bug fixes:

  • New Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app (US and US territories only) – Allows you to perform an electrocardiogram similar to a single-sensor electrocardiogram – May indicate if your heart rate shows signs of atrial fibrillation a severe form of heart rate irregular or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal pattern – Saves the electrocardiogram waveform, its rating and any symptoms observed in a PDF file in the Sade app on the iPhone to share with your doctor.
  • Adds the ability to receive an alert if an irregular heart rate that may be atrial fibrillation is detected (US and US territories only)
  • Allows direct access to Wallet app movie tickets, coupons, and loyalty cards by tapping a proximity reader
  • Receive notifications and lively celebrations by reaching the maximum daily points during an Activity competition.
  • New infographics complications for Mail, Maps, Messaging, Friends, Home, News, Phone and Remote apps
  • Manage your Walkie Talkie availability in Control Center

How to upgrade

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Official Image: https://support.apple.com/en-US/HT204641

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To update the clock, simply open the Watch app on iPhone and go on General Software Update. But only do this when you have plenty of time, as it usually takes; You also need to place it in your reload base while the update is installed.

To those who are updating, comment your impressions below! ?

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