Apple Watch EKG Features Now Available in Europe and Hong Kong

By Paul Riegler on 27 March 2019
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IMG_8654With the release of watchOS 5.2 on Wednesday, Apple made its electrocardiogram or EKG feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 available in Europe and Hong Kong. The feature was introduced in the United States last December.

The feature performs an electrocardiogram on the wearer. Apple calls the feature “ECG” on watches set to English, although the term “EKG” may be more familiar to readers. An ECG is typically used to determine an individual’s heart rate, heart rhythm, and other information regarding the heart’s condition.

The ECG feature uses electrodes built into the sapphire crystal of the watch, which is where the heart rate sensor is located, and the watch’s Digital Crown to detect the electrical impulses or waves from the wearer’s heartbeat. It can be used to identify atrial fibrillation, a common type of an irregular heart rhythm also known as AFib, and can monitor on an ongoing basis for irregular rhythms.

The feature is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as in Hong Kong.

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