Apple ECG facts and myths

Apple released watchOS 5.1.2 just over 24 hours ago and we have seen lots of screen shots of everyones ECG readings, however there are still some myths people are believing. We want to give you some facts to dispel any myths

  1. The ECG feature is only in the USA and USA territories. Apple stated in their conference that the ECG feature would be USA only for the time being as they had some FDA clearance and each country has different requirements for medical equipment.

  2. Changing your Region will not give you the ECG feature. Many large Apple tech websites thought that changing your region would give ou the ECG feature and we ourselves hoped that it would especially as most Apple Watch activity badges can be obtained using this feature.

  3. Using a VPN and a USA iTunes account will not give you the ECG feature, this is the same as point number 2.

  4. The Apple Watch is now able to monitor for atrial fibrillation throughout the day, and not just while running an electrocardiogram so this should help ease some nerves.

  5. If you are under 22, based on the birth date you enter, you won’t be able to use the ECG or AFib monitoring features.

Now that we have given facts instead of myths we will tell you how to setup the ECG feature

Open the Health app on your iPhone. Now follow a series of prompts walking you through the basics, and limitations, of the ECG app.

Once set up, to take the ECG, simply open the app, place your finger on the Digital Crown, and the test will automatically start. We recommend giving your finger a quick wipe to avoid any sweat or dirt from causing any issues.

The ECG is performed by the electrodes built into the back of the watch and in the Digital Crown, the ECG is able to read your heart’s electrical signals. Every time your heart beats, it sends an electrical impulse through your body and by completing the circuit between your heart and both arms with the Apple Watch in the middle, the Apple Watch will create a real-time waveform.The test takes just 30 seconds to run and you are advised to be sitting as still as possible.

When the test finishes, you can add additional symptoms such as fainting or dizziness and all this information will be sent to your iPhone and show up in Notification Center and stored in the health app under heart where you can view the results, or export them.