Soumya Prakash Pradhan

If you're looking for a health and well-being device that you can wear on your wrist, then the Apple Watch is an excellent option.

The latest model, the Apple Watch Series 8, like its predecessors, offers a range of features specifically designed to monitor your heart health. 

What are the Apple Watch heart features?

One of the standout features of the Apple Watchis the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and detect an irregular heart rhythm.

The ECG feature was first introduced on the Series 4 and is now available on all models from the Series 5 onwards, including the Watch Series 6, Series 7, Series 8, and Watch Ultra.

Unfortunately, the Watch SE's first and second generations do not have the ECG feature.

An ECG is a test that measures the electrical signals that make up your heartbeat.

By taking an ECG, a doctor can determine your heart's rhythm and detect any irregularities.

With the Apple Watch's ECG feature, you can perform this test from the comfort of your own home, without having to visit a hospital or medical professional.

In addition to the ECG feature, the Apple Watch also offers an irregular rhythm notification feature that checks your heart's rhythm every two hours and sends a notification if an irregular heartbeat is detected.

This feature is available on all Apple Watch models from the Series 1 onwards, including the Apple Watch SE.

How to Set up the Apple Watch ECG App:

Setting up the ECG app on your Apple Watch is incredibly easy.

To get started, make sure that you're running iOS 12.2 or later on the iPhone connected to your Apple Watch, and WatchOS 5.2 or later on your Apple Watch. Then, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Browse tab located in the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Tap on Heart.
  4. Then, tap on Electrocardiogram (ECG).
  5. Set up the ECG app by providing some basic details, such as your age. Note that performing an ECG under the age of 22 isn't recommended.
  6. Once set up, you can open the Apple Watch ECG app and begin taking an ECG.