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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 December 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Apple Health Stories September 1

Apple Watch blood pressure measurement has long been rumored, but a Nikkei report yesterday suggested that the feature would be included in the upcoming Series 7 model.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says not, in a two-word reply to someone querying that on Twitter …

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Apple Health Stories August 27

Over the years, Apple has vastly expanded the Health app on iPhone with ways to track weight, fitness, and much more. Earlier this year, we broke down the best smart scales for syncing weight with iPhone. Another measurement that can integrate with Apple’s Health app is blood pressure. Here are some of the current options on the market for syncing blood pressure with the Health app on your iPhone.

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Apple Health Stories August 19

Apple is reportedly scaling back one of its most ambitious healthcare projects. According to a new report from Insider, Apple is scaling back HealthHabit, an internal application that Apple employees can use to track fitness goals, talk to clinicians, and manage hypertension.

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Apple Health Stories August 12

Apple and Cornell University have published a new piece of research this week highlighting how researchers can estimate respiratory rate using breath audio obtained through wearable microphones such as AirPods and AirPods Pro. The paper was published by Apple and Cornell University researchers this month and spotted first by MyHealthyApple.

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Spain is another EU country supporting the COVID-19 passport within the iPhone’s Wallet app. Since the EU started using a COVID-19 digital certificate for its citizens to travel between countries, it’s now available in an easier way on iPhones.

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Apple Health Stories August 11

Verizon’s BlueJeans Telehealth service is letting patients securely share Apple Health data with doctors during video consultations.

The type of data stored in the Apple Health app can prove extremely helpful to doctors in gathering a full picture of your health. ECG readings and heart rate can be particularly valuable, and these are among the records the platform allows you to share …

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Apple Health Stories August 7

Every now and then, we report how the Apple Watch helps save people’s life. It can be in a car accident, asking Siri for help, alerting to a potential heart condition, and detecting whether people fall.

This time, a Long Island man has credited his Apple Watch with saving his life after a serious fall.

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Apple Health Stories July 29

Apple is looking to hire a “regulatory project manager” to join its ever-growing Health team, as first detailed in a report from MyHealthyApple. The job posting is for a position on the Hardware team and the person would be responsible for leading the work on a Class II medical device and the associated regulatory hurdles.

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Apple Health Stories July 27

Apple Watch has introduced a host of health benefits over the last six years including monitoring heart health/ECG readings, fall detection, blood oxygen, exercise tracking, and has become more widely used in health studies. However, researchers from Harvard and the University of Michigan have now shared concerns about relying on Apple Watch for studies with the wearable’s algorithms creating “black boxes.”

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Apple Health Stories July 26

Facebook is getting ready to take the next step with its Oculus virtual-reality headset platform. In an unexpected move, the company has been working to integrate Oculus VR workouts with Apple Health — the app built into iOS that manages all the health data of iPhone and Apple Watch users.

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Apple Health Stories July 15

The folks at Funn Media are out with a new iPhone and Apple Watch app today that gives you a new way to view and analyze health and fitness data. Dubbed FitnessView, the app takes data from from your Apple Watch and the Apple Health app and makes it easy to drill down into more detail about that data, including trends, goals, heart rate graphs, and much more.

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Apple Health Stories July 14

Non-invasive blood sugar measurement has been described as the holy grail of consumer medical tech, and an Apple supplier has now formally announced its solution. It says it is now moving into the test phase.

The first stage will be a standalone wristband, but the hope is that the tech will make it into future Apple Watch models …

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