Hands-on Apple’s ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Feature In Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch Series 4 is the most elevated Apple Watch to date. With its advanced and innovative features like the display size, its processor, speakers, the most talked about feature is the built-in electrocardiogram (ECG). With this, Apple Watch series 4 is the first watch to have the ECG Heart Rate Monitoring feature.
This article covers all the major features of ECG such as What is ECG, how to use the ECG feature, how to take an ECG test and even share the ECG results.
What is ECG?
An Electrocardiogram is a method or medical test that monitors and records electrical signals produced by the heart. These electrical signals are recorded in the form of timing and strength. ECG is the main method through which any doctor monitors patient’s heart rhythm and detects irregular heart rhythms which can be a cause of stroke.
Be Aware of These Things Before You Start Using the ECG Feature on Apple Watch Series 4:
The journey from a mere fitness tracking feature to the introduction of ECG feature, Apple has graduated leaps and bounds. Here are certain whereabouts Apple wants its user to know before they use its ECG feature:
- The feature is only meant to detect and measure the heart rate, it cannot detect blood clots or stroke.
- It cannot detect heart attacks, blood pressure cholesterol, or arrhythmia.
Apple’s ECG Feature, what it does?
Before educating yourselves with how to use the ECG Heart Rate Monitoring feature, let us know what actually it does.
A feature that monitors heartbeat electrical patterns. The electrical patterns are measured by the “Heart Rate Monitor” that is placed underneath the Apple watch. In order to measure heartbeat, place your finger on the Digital Crown for a minimum of 30 seconds. The feature then records the pulse rate of both the lower and upper chambers of heartbeat and analyses it to check whether they are in sync or not. Any irregularities in the heartbeat rhythm are signs of Atrial fibrillation.
How to Setup the ECG app?
Tip: Make sure that the Apple Watch Series is updated to the latest version and then proceed with the steps provided below to set up Apple’s ECG app.
- Launch the Health App on your iPhone.
- Here, look for the Set Up ECG App feature and tap on it.
- It will ask for your personal information such as the date of birth, etc.
- Enter all the required information and click on Continue.
- Follow the onscreen instruction to have a look at the attributes of ECG Heart Rate Monitoring feature.
- On done, take your ECH test.
How to Perform an ECG test on Apple Watch Series 4?
Once you have set up the Apple’s ECG feature, you will receive a pop up asking you to take the first ECG test. Continue reading to know how to perform an ECG test:
- Relax and rest your arm. Once you are in a relaxed position, press the Digital Crown.
- Look for the ECG App and tap on it.
- Tap on OK.
- Post this, a countdown 0f 30 seconds appears on the screen. All you need to do is place and hold your finger for a minimum of 30 seconds for the Apple’s ECG app to record the electrical signals.
- Once it is recorded, tap Done.
After the recording have been done, the ECG Feature in Apple Watch Series 4, displays the following results.
High/Low Heart Rate: Displays heart rate over 120 BPM or under 50 BPM.
Atrial fibrillation: It means irregularity in heartbeat patterns.
Sinus Rhythm: This is a sign of the difference in a heartbeat in the upper and the lower chambers.
Inconclusive: If this appears, you would have to take the test again.
View & Share your Health Information with your Doctor:
After you have monitored your heartbeat with the Apple ECG Feature in Apple Watch Series 4, the records are saved automatically in the Heath App. To share it with the doctor you can easily navigate to Health App> Health Data > Heart > ECG > ECG result and finally export it as a PDF file to your doctor.
I hope you have already set up the ECG feature on your Apple Watch Series 4. In case you have questions about the ECG Heart Rate Monitoring feature, write into us in the comments section below.