Apple launches ECG on Apple Watch in Russia

Two years after the launch of the feature in the United States.

Apple to add ECG and atrial fibrillation monitoring to Apple Watch in Russia. For now, the feature will only be available in the public beta of watchOS 7.1. TJ was told about this at Apple.

The EKG application will appear in Russia on Apple Watch Series 4 and newer with the release of iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1. Apple did not specify when the updates will be released.

With the launch of ECG, users will be able to capture a single-lead electrocardiogram directly from the watch. The irregular heart rate notification function will also become available, which has not previously worked in the Russian Federation. It will work on Apple Watch Series 3 and newer.

As Apple emphasized, the ECG function and irregular rhythm notifications are not medical indicators. In accordance with the certification of Roszdravnadzor, they cannot be used for examination by doctors or for making diagnoses.

The company noted that atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular rhythm and one of the main abnormalities leading to a heart attack. According to Apple, citing a clinical study with 600 participants, the ECG app is quite accurate in recognizing the symptoms of atrial fibrillation – the Apple Watch detected them 98.3% of the time compared to a 12-wire ECG device.

To take an ECG in Apple Watch, users simply put their finger on the Digital Crown for 30 seconds. After that, the electrical circuit is closed and the watch begins to determine the nature of the heartbeat.

The ECG feature was introduced to the Apple Watch with the release of Series 4. Although Apple received FDA approval in advance, in many countries the feature has been regionally blocked due to local laws.

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