This guide will show you how to take an ECG with the Apple Watch 4. This is a new feature with watchOS 5.1.2 that is only available on the Apple Watch Series 4, the newest model. It is simple to setup, and nice you know how to do it you can monitor your heart health every day without carrying anything extra or going to the doctor.
If you have an older Apple Watch, you will need to upgrade to the Apple Watch 4 to get this feature, but you can still turn on irregular heartbeat notifications that could alert you to AFib (atrial fibrillation).
How to Take an ECG on the Apple Watch
The first time you do this, you will need to setup the process on your iPhone. After that initial process, you will be able to do it all from your Apple Watch. It takes about a minute to setup the ECG feature and another few seconds to set up the irregular heartbeat notifications. When you want to take an ECG on the Apple Watch, it takes just 30 seconds.
- Press the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch
- Tap on the Apple Watch ECG app.
- Place your finger on the Digital Crown and wait until the ECG is complete.
The first time you do this, you will need to set up some options on your iPhone. This includes your birth date and if you’ve been diagnosed with AFib. The ECG results are stored on your iPhone in the Health app.
- Open the Health App on your iPhone.
- Scroll down to Heart on the Today or Health Data screens.
- Tap on Electrocardiogram(ECG).
- Now you can see your Sinus Rhythm.
On the ECG screen, you can tap on any individual ECG and then share it using the share icon in the upper right to send to anyone. You can also tap on Export a PDF for your Doctor to share a more detailed report easily.
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