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

07 December, 2018, 19:40 | Author: Kara Nash
  • watchOS 5.1.2 is Available Today, Brings ECG and Irregular Heartbeat Detection

ECG, which on Apple Watch Series 4 functions via strategically-placed electrodes built into the back of the wearable (in conjunction with its Digital Crown), enables users to carry out a "single-lead electrocardiogram" from the convenience of their wrist. This includes all watches except the original one since it does not officially support watchOS 5 and support for it was axed when the latest software update was released.

The app has received clarification from the US Food and Drug Administration and it is now available to the Apple Watch Series 4 owners residing in the US only.

"The role that technology plays in allowing patients to capture meaningful data about what's happening with their heart, right when it's happening, like the functionality of an on-demand ECG, could be significant in new clinical care models and shared decision making between people and their healthcare providers", said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health. Now, Apple is activating it in the United States through watchOS update 5.1.2. Apple says that all ECG recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms would be stored securely in the Health app on the connected iPhone and the users will be able to share a PDF of the readings and the observations with their physicians.

But although the hardware introduced a futuristic new aesthetic to users, the device's headline act was certainly the new health features it brought to the table.


Apple announced this new ECG feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 in September this year at an event where the company also launched new Apple iPhones. Apple designed it to detect irregular heart rhythms, which could be signs of atrial fibrillation. 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.

It is also important to note that you must keep your expectations in check with the ECG feature.

The all-important watchOS 5.1.2 update is rolling out now, so you should have it on your smartwatch over the next couple of days. It's available for Series 1 devices and newer that are paired to iOS devices running iOS 12.1.1 and higher. Once there, you should see a notification in the Software Update menu.

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