It looks like Malaysian Apple Watch users won’t have to wait very long for the tech giant’s highly-anticipated electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) support feature to arrive on their smartwatches.
At least, that’s how it seems at the moment, after receiving approval for deployment by Malaysia’s Medical Device Authority (MDA).
The Apple Watch’s ECG app is used to detect the presence of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), sinus rhythm, and high heart rate.
According to its listing on the MDA website, the app should be compatible with both the Apple Watch and the iPhone, which signals that users can easily manage their ECG data in the latter’s Health app.
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The ECG feature itself will only work on the Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. If you’ve got an older device, perhaps you might want to upgrade if you hate the feeling of missing out (and have extra money to spend).
Although, at the time of writing, the feature is still no where to be seen on the Apple Watch (at least, among the Malaysian Apple Watch users I’ve talked to), its registration on the MDA website states a validity period from February 1, 2021 all the way to January 31, 2026.
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With that in mind, it won’t hurt to assume that ECG support will be making its way into the Apple Watch in Malaysia via a future software update. Maybe we’ll see it in the iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 updates.
It’s also important to note that owners of the Apple Watch SE will be excluded from ECG support, despite the smartwatch model being relatively new. I guess, that’s a price to pay for.. cheaper end-cost?
Why is ECG support being hyped up in the first place?
Thanks partially go to COVID-19 and the resulting increase in health consciousness.
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You can use it as a supplementary tool to record symptoms of an irregular heartbeat (AFib), monitor how consistent and uniform your heart beat patterns are (sinus rhythm), and keep your heart rate in check.
However, on the app’s support page on Apple’s website, it’s clearly stated that the ECG feature can’t detect heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and other heart-related conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, or other forms of arrhythmia.
Apple, as well as health authorities, say you shouldn’t be relying on the feature as a one-stop solution to heart health monitoring. That’s what trained medical professionals are for.
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