Apple Watch

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch


Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.


Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn’t make them available until Thursday.


That can point to atrial fibrillation, a condition that can increase the risk of stroke and other complications.


Apple says the watch will notify users if it detects an irregular rhythm on five checks over at least 65 minutes.


The app, called ECG, comes as part of a free software update for the watch.


It claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall — and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.).






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