The watchOS 7.6 was released on Monday, July 19, in different parts of the world, which notably expanded the list of countries wherein the Apple Watch supports health features such as ECG.

WatchOS 7.6 Expands ECG Support on Apple Watch—But in Selected Countries For Now
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: General view of the Apple Watch during the Apple Covent Garden re-opening and iPhone XR launch at Apple store, Covent Garden on October 26, 2018 in London, England.

As per Apple Insider, the Cupertino giant silently included 30 new countries and other locations such as Fiji, Haiti, and the Vatican City. The expansion of the ECG feature was made available on the support page of Apple.

WatchOS 7.6: Irregular Rhythm Notifications

The watchOS 7.6 also included the irregular rhythm notifications for the list of the new locations with ECG support.

The said function of the Apple Watch constantly tracks the heartbeat levels of the users, and upon noticing abnormal and alarming rhythms, it will notify the person via the smartwatch.

The support page of Apple noted that Irregular Rhythm Notification is only available in selected locations. It further wrote that the first step to enable such feature is to have it within your current country or in, some cases, region, which links to a list of its availability.

It is worthy to note that the health feature is not for folks who were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or AFib. Plus, it is not meant for users aged 22 years and below as well.

To add, the option that enables the detection of irregular heart rate debuted on the Apple Watch in 2018, together with the ECG function.

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WatchOS 7.6: ECG and Irregular Rhythm Notifications Support Expanded Countries

The ECG support of the Apple Watch now extends to 30 new-found locations, wherein users could readily perform an ECG examination at the confines of their homes, sans the need to visit a hospital or neighborhood clinic.

That said, the ECG feature and Irregular Rhythm Notification expands to:

  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cook Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • French Southern Territories
  • Gibraltar
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Haiti
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • Norfolk Islands
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • St. Barthelemy
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Martin
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City 

How to Use ECG on Apple Watch?

As mentioned earlier, one of the first steps to look into is your location; is it a supported territory of the feature?

Pocket-lint added that an ECG app and Apple Watch Series 4, 5, or the latest, 6, adds to the requirement to perform the feature.

To cut to the chase, here's what needs to be done to perform an ECG test on your Apple Watch.

  • Open the ECG on your support Apple Watch
  • Place your index finger on the "Digital Crown"
  • And hold up to 30 seconds

That's it. The app will now show the user's heart rate on the display of the smartwatch.

Elsewhere, an Apple Watch recently saved lives as it successfully detected a "widow maker heart attack" in a woman.

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