Apple has been revolutionizing the segment of wearables with health-centric features. The company was the pioneer of ECG on smartwatches, and also was the first to present health features on earbuds. Apple keeps its road to innovation with the AFib History feature. The company announced the “Atrial Fibrillation History” feature for Apple Watch with the new watchOS 9. Of course, most of these health-centric features that evaluate body conditions, need approval from regulatory bodies. After all, these regulations will test if the feature makes accurate readings to avoid problems from wrong data. After all, wrong data can even put someone at risk. Anyway, the AFib is giving slow steps, but after getting US approval, is now ready for users in Canada.
Apple is running to get regulatory approvals for watchOS 9 AFib History feature
As soon as watchOS 9 gets released this Fall, users will be ready to enjoy this feature in the US and in Canada. Worth noting, however, that more countries will give the “blessing” to Apple. Currently, the Apple Watch’s ECG app and arrhythmia alerts can identify potential signs of atrial fibrillation, according to Apple. To those unaware, Atrial fibrillation can be one of the leading causes of stroke if left untreated. The feature will be quite useful for users that want to keep a track of their health.
Research has shown that the length of time people experience atrial fibrillation can affect a person’s symptoms. Furthermore, it can affect the overall quality of life and the risk of complications. Worth noting, that previously, it was difficult for the company to track the frequency of atrial fibrillation over an extended period of time or to manage life factors that will affect a person’s health. According to the American Heart Association, changing variable life factors may reduce the duration of atrial fibrillation. Apple is working to make watchOS 9 reliable enough to handle that.
On watchOS 9, users that have trail fibrillation can turn on the FDA-approved AFib history function. They can obtain important information such as the estimated frequency of the heart rhythm showing signs of atrial fibrillation. It will allow users to better understand their physical conditions. Users will receive weekly notifications on Watches running watchOS 9 about the frequency of atrial fibrillation and can view a detailed history in the Health app.