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Apple Watch Series 4 with ECG App Now Available in Europe, Hong Kong

The ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature can alert users to signs of AFib

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Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm has 71 per cent positive predictive value. Pixabay

Apple Watch Series 4 with industry-first features like ECG reading app and irregular rhythm notification will now be available in Europe and Hong Kong.

With watchOS 5.2, customers in 19 European countries including Germany can take an ECG reading with Apple Watch Series 4 at any time.

“All recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms are stored securely in the Health app on iPhone,” Apple said in a statement late Wednesday.

The ECG app enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist.

It can capture heart rhythm on demand in a moment when users experience symptoms such as a rapid or skipped heart beat and help provide clinically important data to physicians.

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“New electrodes in Apple Watch Series 4 now enable customers to take an ECG directly from the wrist,” Apple said in a statement on Thursday. Flickr

The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch occasionally checks heart rhythm in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.

The ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature can alert users to signs of AFib.

“We’ve seen the ECG app and irregular rhythm notifications on Apple Watch have meaningful impact on our customers across the US,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer.

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A recent clinical trial of around 600 participants found that the ECG app on Apple Watch demonstrated 98.3 per cent sensitivity in classifying AFib and 99.6 per cent specificity in classifying sinus rhythm in classifiable recordings, when compared to an ECG administered by a cardiologist.

The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study which found “only 0.5 per cent of participants received irregular pulse notifications, an important finding given concerns about potential over-notification.” (IANS)

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Chirp App for Apple Watch gets Biggest Upgrade Since Arrival

Chirp first debuted last year with the goal of bringing full Twitter support to Apple Watch and includes support for 13 new languages and the iOS app gets Dark Mode support

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Chirp first debuted last year with the goal of bringing full Twitter support to Apple Watch and includes support for 13 new languages and the iOS app gets Dark Mode support. Pixabay

Chirp for Twitter app is now receiving its biggest upgrade since its arrival with the latest version 2.0 update on Apple Watch.

The biggest of the new features is the inclusion of the infinite scrolling timeline, username colors, images in DMs, the option to DM right from profiles and much more for Apple Watch, news portal iMore reported on Thursday.

Chirp first debuted last year with the goal of bringing full Twitter support to Apple Watch and includes support for 13 new languages and the iOS app gets Dark Mode support.

Meanwhile, anyone who purchases the Chirp Pro addition can also take advantage of a live complication on a watch face where a user can see the most recent tweet on their timeline.

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Chirp for Twitter app is now receiving its biggest upgrade since its arrival with the latest version 2.0 update on Apple Watch. Pixabay

Tapping the tweet will automatically open up Chirp where one can like, retweet, or even reply.

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Chirp is a free download on the App Store. One can unlock the Chirp Pro tier for a $2.99 in-app purchase. (IANS)