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When the Apple Watch was originally released in 2015, it was pitched as a great watch, an intimate way to communicate, and a comprehensive fitness device. While the original Apple Watch (later renamed Series 0) lacked GPS and was generally a slow device, it has shown dramatic improvements year over year particularly for Apple’s health initiatives.

When Apple released the Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches, it added heart rate monitoring for Apple Health. When you enable heart rate monitoring, you  can also turn on heart rate notifications, so you know if your heart rate remains above or below a chosen beats per minute (BPM), or to occasionally check for an irregular heart rhythm. Irregular rhythm notifications are available only with watchOS 5.1.2 or later in certain countries.

With Apple Watch Series 4, Apple added a electrocardiogram monitoring (also known as ECG and EKG). The ECG app on Apple Watch (Series 4 or newer) can record your heartbeat and rhythm using the electrical heart sensor and then check the reading for atrial fibrillation (AFib). It then records that information into the Apple Health app.

Since the release of Apple Watch, there have been countless stories of people’s lives being saved by the health advancements in Apple Watch and Apple’s Health initiatives.

Apple Watch ECG

If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer, here’s a how to guide on how to take an ECG.

Apple also includes a Health app on the iPhone where it easy to learn about your health and start reaching your goals. It consolidates data from iPhone, Apple Watch, and third-party apps in one place.

Top Stories on Apple Health

Apple Health Stories Yesterday

Both Apple chairman Art Levinson and health lead Sumbul Desai are among the speaker line-up for Life Itself, a conference which aims ‘to inspire and foster changes in healthcare, while celebrating leaders whose work helps us all to be healthier and happier humans.’

The conference is co-hosted by CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and TEDMED creator Marc Hodosh, and is open to ‘a limited number’ of guests …

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Apple Health Stories April 15

Beyond Apple Watch’s ability to track basic activities like steps and exercise, more sophisticated features like ECG, high/low heart rate warnings, and fall detection offer a lot of value and have gained mainstream attention. But flying under the radar, Apple Watch has several lesser-known important capabilities that measure everything from current to future overall health, likelihood of mortality, and your base metabolic rate. Let’s look at four hidden Apple Watch health features you’re probably not using.

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Apple Health Stories April 12

Google followed Apple in getting FDA approval for AFib detection in Fitbit wearables

We’re learning today that Google followed Apple in successfully applying for FDA approval for AFib detection in Fitbit wearables. The search giant last year completed its acquisition of Fitbit

Apple Health Stories April 1

Apple’s Health app features a lot of information and can be overwhelming to the average user. It integrates with other apps to give you an overall summary of your health in one place. When used between iPhone and Apple Watch, it can be a useful tool in maintaining your optimal wellbeing. 

Here’s how you can navigate Apple Health a bit better.

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Apple Health Stories March 10

Meta has been working for over a year to integrate its Oculus VR workouts with Apple Health. Now, it’s finally going to happen as soon as next month.

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Apple Health Stories February 21

Apple VP Dr. Sumbul Desai talks Apple Watch and designing health features

Apple’s impressive health features have been expanding over the years and reach beyond devices like Apple Watch. Now in a new interview, Apple’s VP of health, Dr. Sumbul Desai revealed how the company approaches designing, validating, and testing health features, and more.

Apple Health Stories February 10

HRV is a valuable metric that’s measured by Apple Watch, however, there’s no native integration in watchOS or iOS to better understand and make use of the data – leaving that to third-party apps. Below we’ll cover what HRV is, why it’s important, and how to record and use HRV with Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Apple Health Stories January 24

How was your sleep last night? Sleep++ for Apple Watch is a great way to quantify your rest, and today the app is adding a new way to interpret your sleep quality. The new feature explains how last night’s sleep affects your day ahead.

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Apple Health Stories January 21

French iPhones will no longer be sold with free EarPods after a health law was overturned in favor of an environmental one.

This will mark the end of the special iPhone packaging used only in France …

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Apple Health Stories January 18

Last fall, Apple rolled out the ability to store verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information in the Apple Health and Wallet applications. Since then, adoption among healthcare providers and health technology infrastructure companies has been slow but is finally starting to pick up.

Head below for more details on how to store your COVID-19 vaccine records in Apple Health and Apple Wallet.

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Apple Health Stories January 13

Health experts have been discussing the pros & cons of Apple Watch, Fitbit, and similar devices. While the consensus is that they do more good than harm, they caution that the increasing amount of health data presented to consumers can cause confusion and even anxiety.

In extreme cases, this can lead to people compulsively taking multiple ECG readings per day …

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Apple Health Stories January 3

Following up after its latest smartwatch launched at the end of 2021, Withings has announced its next major smart health device coming in 2022. Body Scan will offer advanced readings for body composition, nerve activity through sweat, vascular health, 6-lead ECGs, along with the option for support from clinical specialists, personalized health plans, and more.

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Apple Health Stories December 3, 2021

Apple has announced an upcoming Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk with Prince William. In addition to Apple Fitness+ subscribers, it will also be made available to everyone as a free airing on Apple Music 1.

The company says that the walk will be 38 minutes, with a choice of listening times to suit different time zones, and will have a mental health focus …

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Apple Health Stories November 25, 2021

Apple Watch can help you stay motivated to exercise and improve your health, and smart scales that sync data to the iPhone can be a fun and useful way to track your progress. If you want to easily collect your weight and other measurement data in the Health app on iPhone, the trick is to find a scale that works with HealthKit. Here are some of the current options on the market:

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Apple Health Stories November 24, 2021

Gifting smart health/fitness devices can be really thoughtful but it can also be tough to figure out what to pick. Below we’ve got a roundup of some of the best smart health/fitness devices from the top smart scales, a self-cleaning water bottle, metabolic analyzer, as well as advice if you’re thinking about gifting a smartwatch.

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Apple Health Stories November 18, 2021

A retired nurse practitioner in Missouri says her Apple Watch is responsible for clueing her in on a heart condition that ultimately required a pacemaker to regulate her heartbeat.

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Apple Health Stories October 28, 2021

When Nintendo announced that their next collaboration with Niantic Labs was going to be Pikmin-branded, I was surprised. The Pikmin brand isn’t well-known outside of deeply passionate circles of Nintendo fans. But I think that’s about to change with Pikmin Bloom, the latest Nintendo mobile game that hit the App Store today in the United States.

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Apple Health Stories October 25, 2021

With today’s release of iOS 15.1, Apple now allows you to add your vaccination cards to the Apple Wallet application. This comes after the initial release of iOS 15 last month added new Health features for storing your COVID-19 immunizations and test results in the Health app.

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Apple Health Stories October 20, 2021

AirPods 3 improvements include better in-ear detection

The just-launched AirPods 3 come with a number of improvements over the previous generation, including shorter stems, a new battery-case with MagSafe support, and Spatial Audio – but a report today notes there’s an additional small but useful enhancement…

Apple Health Stories October 6, 2021

In a new interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, mental health is the focus of the discussion. Cook says that there is currently a mental health crisis, and he believes technology can either help or hinder, depending on how it is used.

Cook also met with the developers of the mental health app Shine, which Apple featured as part of its Best of the App Store awards last year …

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Apple Health Stories October 5, 2021

While Apple has publicly expressed its desire to grow within the healthcare industry, a new report from Insider today says that efforts are “faltering” internally. The report, which is based on “conversations with 11 current and former Apple employees and the review of dozens of documents,” claims that Apple’s healthcare leaders “suppress concerns and mislead executives.”

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Apple Health Stories October 1, 2021

United Airlines is tapping into Apple Health integration for a feature that will help travelers upload COVID-19 vaccination records. The company announced today that it is integrating with Apple Health to allow travelers to use their verifiable COVID-19 vaccination records stored in Apple Health as proof of vaccination before traveling.

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Apple Health Stories September 21, 2021

Apple Research app updated with study progress transfer via iCloud backup

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple Research app with the option to transfer study progress to another device via iCloud backup. The feature is part of version 2.3 of the app, which is now available on the App Store.

Apple believes that an iPhone could detect depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline, using a number of digital clues. Health data used would include physical activity and sleep patterns.

For privacy protection, Apple is aiming for all of the diagnosis work to be carried out on the device, with no data sent to its servers …

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