Apple Watch users in Saudi Arabia get ECG support
May 19, 2020

Irregular heart rhythm notification will also be supported.

Just last night, Apple has started rolling out watchOS 6.2.5 to users in Saudi Arabia that will enable ECG support on Apple Watch Series 4 or later. It will also coincide with the release of iOS 13.5 for iPhones, which is scheduled to roll out in a couple of days.

This marks the first direct-to-consumer electrocardiogram to made available on a wearable. This enables users to capture heart rhythm and help provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature supported on Apple Watch Series 1 or later will also check your heart rhythms and let you know if it detects an irregular heartbeat which could be identified as atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Both the ECG app and the irregular rhythm notification feature has received approval as Class IIa medical devices by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority. ECG data is taken from the Apple Watch’s (Series 4 or later) digital crown.

“Apple Watch has helped so many people around the world and we are humbled that it has become such an important part of our customers’ lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “With the release of these heart features, Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their health.”

“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.”

After your device has been updated, users will be taken through a setup process that will teach you how to use these features.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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