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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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Apple Watch Saves Man from Drowning

The man then used his Apple watch's sophisticated operating system (SOS) feature to call emergency services

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When a user makes an SOS call, their Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. Pixabay

A Chicago-based man has credited his Apple Watch for saving him from drowning. According to Phillip Esho, he was riding a jet ski from the 31 Street Harbor to McCormick Place intending to take pictures of the Chicago skyline, when a big wave flipped over his jet ski and knocked him into the water, news portal 9TO5MAC reported on Sunday.

While Esho ended up losing his phone in the incident, people in nearby boats failed to see or hear him calling for help as the waves kept knocking him under the surface even though he was wearing a flotation device.

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The man then used his Apple watch’s sophisticated operating system (SOS) feature to call emergency services. Pixabay

The man then used his Apple watch’s sophisticated operating system (SOS) feature to call emergency services. Soon after the call connected, he saw a helicopter along with Chicago Police and Fire boats to rescue him, the report added.

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When a user makes an SOS call, their Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, users may have to choose the service that they need in particular. (IANS)