Part of the software update for iOS 14 and watchOS 7.
When ECG support was first introduced on the Apple Watch Series 4 a few years ago, many of the users in the UAE were left out since it wasn’t approved for use in the country. But users who updated to iOS 14 and watchOS 7 last night will finally get to use the feature on their Apple Watch.
Supporting the Apple Watch Series 4, 5, and 6, electrocardiogram (ECG) allows you to capture heart rhythm when you experience any related symptoms like a skipped heartbeat. It can help provide data to your doctor which in turn can give you the proper medical advice.
Can confirm, watchOS 7 finally enables ECG support on the Apple Watch Series 4 and above in the UAE. pic.twitter.com/KFEg9zgJyb
— Victor Ortiz (@vp_ortiz17) September 16, 2020
Also available to users of the Apple Watch 3 or later is irregular rhythm notification that informs you of irregular heart rhythms which could be an indication of atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Both features have just been granted approval for use in the UAE as medical devices by the Ministry of Health & Prevention.
“We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their physicians,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health. “With the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature, customers will be able to better understand aspects of their heart health in a more meaningful way.”
You can use ECG by opening the corresponding app on your Apple Watch Series 4 or later and placing your finger on the Digital Crown. Electrodes on the Apple Watch and the Digital Crown work together to send electrical signals across your heart which then gives a proper reading. The 30-second reading can classify your heart rhythm as either AFib, sinus rhythm, low or high heart rate, or inconclusive. Once that is done you can easily see the results on the Health app and even export the results on a PDF and share it with your doctor.