Apple's 'How to take an ECG' video teaches how to use the feature on an Apple Watch Series...

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Apple has published a new video to its YouTube account teaching people how to use the Apple Watch Series 4's ECG feature, with the brief video detailing all of the steps required to perform the measurement on the wearable device.

A still from Apple's
A still from Apple's "How to take an ECG" video

Published on Friday, the 36-second video titled "How to take an ECG" quickly explains how to start the electrocardiogram process, started off by opening the ECG app itself. As the video explains, users have to hold their finger on the digital crown on the side of the device until the 30-second timer expires.

After the test has completed, users can scroll through the results to see more information, including next steps a user can take. This includes an "Add Symptoms" button if the user feels unwell and believes it is worth adding alongside the ECG's results for future reference by medical professionals.

The new tutorial video is in a similar style to those published in December, with quick clips giving a basic overview on how to use Walkie-Talkie, to remotely locate a paired iPhone, customize watch faces, and other topics.

Apple started to roll out the ECG function to Apple Watch Series 4 users as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update. The feature is limited only to the United States, due to the need to receive regulatory approval in other territories before being enabled.

Shortly after being made available, the ECG function, which is capable of detecting an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, has already helped save lives. Reports surfaced where users visited physicians and hospital emergency rooms for a full-scale electrocardiogram following a warning from their Apple Watch, which in some cases led to further medical procedures.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    I wish it was available outside the US...
    darren mccoywatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Why can't this be available to everyone around the world as a fun "game", with a notice that it's not a medical device?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,493member
    Becuase Apple might send the lawyers to talk to the local regulators “one day” to get it approved in those countries. When Apple gets around to it.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Why can't this be available to everyone around the world as a fun "game", with a notice that it's not a medical device?
    Because, depending on the local laws, calling a medical device a “game” just to get around the rules could get them in various types of trouble. 

    The US medical device certification would be “exhibit A” in the civil or criminal trial in another country where someone misused or misinterpreted the results from an ECG “game” and had some subsequent problem. This would be totally not worth it from Apple’s standpoint. 

    The US is their biggest market, so certification happens first there, then they can start navigating the processes in other countries. One could imagine they’ll try to avoid customizing hardware or software for different markets, so if another country won’t accept the approved US design without modifications, then it just won’t get turned on in that country. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Open message sent to Sir Jon I’ve and Tim Cook. Apple Support Case Number 100750677800 Brought 1 Apple Watch 4, was mightily cheesed off today when I see an Apple youtube video release on “how to take an ECG” It would be really great if we even had this function in the UK! Since the 22nd of June 2017 I have personally lost 28kg of weight, come off all diabetic and blood pressure tablets. No more medication after 16 years of been diagnosed with diabetes. One of my beliefs is that knowledge is power, this is why I have invested heavily in Apple since my first 1990 purchase of the Mac Classic. I have been Apple 29 years and I do expect a higher level of service than this. I feel really let down that the ECG function is not available outside of the USA, I was told it would not be too far behind! We are now in 2019 and no sign of one of the major selling points of the Watch 4. Surely one of the Worlds, if not the Largest company in the World has not got the resources to bring this to the countless hundreds of thousands of users who live other than the USA! As far as the Apple Support is concerned, little or no support other than suggesting putting a feedback form witch was done. Look forward to a lack of response from that too. If nothing else comes out of this communication a time frame would be good. Kind regards, Techmanone
  • Reply 6 of 6
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,342member
    It’s not Apple causing the delay, it’ll be the Governments of other countries.
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