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Apple Watch ECG App Will Soon Work for Those Higher Heart Rates

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The Apple Watch is capable of helping users track a variety of different maladies. It can issue warnings when sounds are too loud and help track menstrual cycles. But one of its most useful features is the ECG app, which can take an electrocardiogram in seconds.

The app has its limits, though. As Apple notes on its support site, “A heart rate under 50 BPM or over 120 BPM affects the ECG app’s ability to check for [atrial fibrillation] AFib, and the recording is considered inconclusive.” But it looks like that’s about to change.

AppleInsider reports that an update to the ECG app that increases the maximum range from 120 BPM to 150 BPM could be rolling out with watchOS 7.2. MyHealthyApple spotted an FDA application for an update that does just that in August, and it was approved in October.

Last week, Twitter user Steve Moser then posted a variety of screenshots from the ECG app after a watchOS 7.2 beta update, one of which says Apple “can now check for atrial fibrillation (AFib) at higher heart rates or let you know if your result is inconclusive due to a poor recording.”

For individuals with higher heart rates, this is useful given the coronavirus pandemic. For many, it brings along cardiac symptoms as well as respiratory problems. The Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring is useful in those instances, as will higher AFib reading capabilities. There’s no word on whether this will be extended to those with lower heart rates.

The update, watchOS 7.2, should be rolling out in the next week.

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