Apple Watch 4’s ECG feature launches


Apple Watch 4 was able to successfully steal the limelight during launch in September, at the Big Apple Event

The Apple watch 4 was able to claim so much glory due to its built-in electrocardiogram (ECG), hence, touted to be one off to pack such health feature. however, a key feature was missing from the ECG during the launch of the device; an atrial fibrillation, which uses heart rate to detect dangerous conditions.

Despite the absence of the feature, the watch has been able to maintain its great standards, although, a new OS is finally rolling out and it comes along with the missing feature. The feature is available today courtesy of the latest watchOS update (5.1.2.), along with an irregular rate notification feature for Apple Watches going back to Series 1.

While the Watch might have passed several accuracy tests, the FDA has previously warned that the ECG app is for “informational use only” and “should be restricted only for people above the age of 22 years old.” The regulator also noted that users should not take “clinical action” solely based on the device’s data readings and should always consult with a qualified healthcare professional. The FDA, however, may not be the only one with such a restrictive opinion, as random medical experts are also of the opinion that Apple Watch wearers may draw false positives form the app, resulting in unneeded trips to the doctors or even ER.

Apple has today reiterated the FDA’s warnings to a reliable source, adding that the features are definitely not diagnostic tools. The company also recently extended its Apple Watch return period, from two weeks to 45 days, but only for heart feature issues. The Series 4 of the Apple wearable has managed to bag the award for the best so far, even though it had to beat some struggles along the line, yet it marked the best of the Apple watches so far.

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