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The Apple Watch lets you take an electrocardiogram, otherwise known as an ECG. This ECG can provide you with interesting insights into your heart health and it can even alert you to potential health concerns.
ECG is short for electrocardiogram; it's also sometimes referred to as an EKG. It's a test that records the frequency and strength of the electrical signals generated by your heart beating and contracting.
Essentially, ECGs allow you or your doctor to check for abnormal cardiac activity.
The Apple Watch brings this technology right to your wrist. You can take a simplified ECG wherever you are with your Apple Watch.
In a clinical setting, ECGs are administered by putting several electrode stickers onto specific areas of your chest, arms, and legs. These electrode stickers are attached to an ECG machine through electrical wires. The test is painless, but cumbersome.
The Apple Watch ECG is a convenient and immediate way to check for heartbeat irregularities, but is not a substitute for emergency medical care.
Taking an ECG on your Apple Watch is a quick and simple process. Follow these steps if you're feeling the symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, or if you just want to try it out:
The Apple Watch is equipped to help you stay on top of your health. If you need to regularly check your heart rate or perform ECGs, you can add these features to your Apple Watch face for ease of access or adjust your app arrangement so they're easy to find.