Apple Watch ECG App Leads to Lifesaving Launched in Europe and Hong Kong
With Apple Watch OS ' watchOS 5.1.2 ' released on December 7, 2018, the ' Electrocardiogram (ECG) application' is available on the Apple Watch Series 4 . The ECG app was originally provided only in the US at the time of release, but the ' watchOS 5.2 ' update on March 27, 2019 announced that the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app has become available in Europe and Hong Kong as well. Yes.
ECG app and irregular rhythm notification on Apple Watch available today across Europe and Hong Kong-Apple
The Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app has the ability to record an ECG from a smart watch worn on the user's wrist, and the ability to notify when an irregular heartbeat is detected, and is free for Apple Watch Series 4 users can do. The Apple Watch does not always measure the user's heart activity, but it can notify the user if there is an abnormality in the heart rhythm, allowing the user to check their own ECG.
When checking the ECG, place the arm equipped with the Apple Watch Series 4 on a table or the like, and touch the digital crown . The built-in electrodes on the back of the Apple Watch Series 4 and the digital crown work in conjunction with the ECG application and can record the user's ECG in about 30 seconds. Medical information such as recorded electrocardiograms will be recorded on the iPhone's health app and can be shared with doctors as PDF files.
The ECG app and abnormal heart rhythm detection function help to detect atrial fibrillation , which is a type of arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation is a sign such as a stroke, and it has been reported that “Apple Watch Series 4 detected atrial fibrillation and saved lives” immediately after its release on December 7, 2018.
The case where the life saving is saved immediately with the ECG function of Apple Watch just released is reported-GIGAZINE
In an experiment with approximately 600 users, the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app can detect atrial fibrillation with 98.3% accuracy compared to the electrocardiograph used in medical practice It turns out that. The Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app has the potential to save people's lives, but it needs to be approved by the authorities of the countries in which it will be released in order to make healthcare-related apps available. Therefore, until now, the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app has only been available in the United States and in American territories.
However, with the update of watchOS 5.2 released on March 27, 2019, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain The ECG application and abnormal heart rhythm detection function of Apple Watch Series 4 became available in European countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
'We are very excited to deliver the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app and abnormal heart rhythm detection to users in Europe and Hong Kong,' said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer (COO) Access to the ECG app will be a great help in understanding your heart's health, 'commented.