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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
    Installed pretty quickly, the ECG function is very interesting to use.

    As before, it requires the  watch be on the charger and have at least 50% charge to install.
    Jake

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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
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    Just read through the thread about this at MacRumors. It should be noted that Apple has stated that the ECG readings are for informative purposes only. I personally think that this is perhaps one of the most innovative uses of the Apple Watch.

    @Jake: Have you tried it out for yourself? If so, what do you think about it?

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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
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    I have, and my wife tried it as well. It's pretty creative. You just open the app, then put one finger on the digital crown and a countdown timer starts, showing 30 seconds. When you are done, the display on the  watch changes and my iPhone dings to say that the results are on the iPhone. What is there is a display of the results for a couple of seconds, plus you can export a PDF for your doctors of the entire 30 seconds. It also assesses the ECG to tell you if it detected afib, or normal sinus rhythm. It also is supposed to alert you if it detects any abnormalities in the rhythm, but I've not had any alerts at all. I don't have heart problems, so I'm happy that it detected normal sinus rhythm. Ditto for my wife. My SIL has afib, I may have him test it next time I see him. Overall, I think it can be useful. I read one review where a woman tested it in her doctor's office while connected to a professional EKG machine and they both detected an abnormality that she did not know she had of an "early" heartbeat. Not dangerous at this time, apparently, but something she didn't know about and that needs watching. Her doctor was impressed.
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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
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    My son purchased an AW 4 several months ago. He was diagnosed with AFIB a couple of years back, so I hope he's closely monitoring his EKG. He has an iPhone to get results same as you. Being a financial advisor with Wells Fargo and the way the stock market has been behaving lately, probably doesn't help as far as the AFIB is concerned.

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    This is minimally off topic, perhaps; but can someone from the US explain why an electrocardiogram is sometimes abbreviated to EKG? Where does the “K” come from?

    I know, as in the above posts, that some people in the US refer to it as ECG which is what is universally used in the UK and, I believe, throughout Europe.

    A minor point but one that has always puzzled me. It’s not as if anyone talked about a “Kardiogram”; it’s always “Cardiogram”. So why the “K”?

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    No, in the US it is an EKG when the doctor does it with the full 12-lead EKG machine. Apple calls it ECG, I suppose to differentiate it from a full EKG. From Dictionary.com:
    Early 20th century: from German Elektrokardiogramm.
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    watchOS 5.1.2 is out, with ECG for the AW4
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    I can see that Ian is not up to par on his Greek:

    Strong's Greek: 2588. καρδία (kardia) -- heart - Bible Hub
    https://biblehub.com/greek/2588.htm
    HELPS Word-studies. 2588 kardía – heart; "the affective center of our being" and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, ...


    Just fooling with you Ian. I knew from former studies that "Kardia" is the Greek word for heart. Although it's used here in a Biblical sense, it is where we derive the abbreviation "EKG".

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I can see that Ian is not up to par on his Greek:

    Strong's Greek: 2588. καρδία (kardia) -- heart - Bible Hub
    https://biblehub.com/greek/2588.htm
    HELPS Word-studies. 2588 kardía – heart; "the affective center of our being" and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, ...


    Just fooling with you Ian. I knew from former studies that "Kardia" is the Greek word for heart. Although it's used here in a Biblical sense, it is where we derive the abbreviation "EKG".
    A wonderful reply in every way, Charlie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Erudite, interesting, informative and courteous, as expected.

    Ian
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