One of the most important features of the Apple Watch is its built-in ECG app, which displays an electrocardiogram of your heart at your convenience. The Apple Watch can also alert you with an alarm if it detects a disruption in your heart’s regular rhythm. These traits are advantageous and lifesaving in emergencies where proper action might prevent significant harm. In addition to their usefulness, they also look great. Except for Apple’s two Watch SE variants, all Apple Watches (starting with the Series 4 model) include the ability to conduct an electrocardiogram (ECG). Nonetheless, all models provide the option to receive alerts during a rhythm disturbance. Here’s how to use your Apple Watch to perform an electrocardiogram:
How to Take an ECG With an Apple Watch
Performing an ECG with your Apple Watch is not as difficult as you think. The method is easy to understand and implement. Ensure the watch is on your wrist correctly and there will be no jerky motions during the scan before beginning.
- If you have an Apple Watch, you can access the ECG app by pressing the Digital Crown.
- A simple finger hold on the Crown will begin the reading. (Put your finger on the Digital Crown, but don’t press down on it.)
- It will take you roughly 30 seconds to read this. (Keep your hand still until I’m done reading.)
- As the timer expires, you can examine your performance. (Sinus Rhythm, in my situation.)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does Apple Watch check for an irregular heartbeat?
When the IRNF is present on an Apple Watch with a Series 1 or later, it analyzes the data collected by the photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor regarding the user’s pulse rate to identify episodes of irregular heart rhythms that may be indicative of AFib. When it does so, it sends a notification to the user.
Is the Apple Watch ECG app free?
ECG testing does not incur any additional fees. The Apple Watch Series 4 has the necessary hardware and software support.
Can Apple Watch measure blood pressure?
A blood pressure reading cannot be taken with just an Apple Watch. The only current medically accepted method involves stopping blood flow while inflating and deflating a blood pressure cuff around the upper arm and listening for changes in the arteries.
Can Apple Watch detect sleep apnea?
Apple Watch, much like Fitbit and other wearables, can detect some metrics, such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation, that may suggest sleep apnea. However, the Apple Watch is not capable of detecting or diagnosing sleep apnea in its entirety.
Can Apple Watch detect breathing problems?
Consider how rapidly you are drawing in and releasing your breath.
You will be able to monitor and keep track of your respiratory rate if you have an Apple Watch Series 3 or a later model that has been updated to watchOS 8.