Yesterday, Apple released watchOS 5.3 and in the process they finally released the ECG app for Canada which has proven elsewhere to save lives. But as simple as it is to use, there are some things that you need to be aware of to get the most out of it. Thus, here are my tips for getting the best results from the ECG App on the Apple Watch.
- Follow these instructions to set things up before you do anything else.
- Relax: You need to relax to get the best results. That’s because the Apple Watch needs your heart rate to be below 100 beats per minute to get an accurate reading. Anything over that and the results will be graded as “inconclusive.” Thus you may want to use the Breath App and cut back on the caffeine before using the ECG app.
- Don’t wear your Apple Watch band too loose or too tight: Either one of these will affect the quality of the results. I found that wearing my UAG Nato Strap got me the best results. But my wife found that her Milanese Loop worked best. You might want to experiment to get the best results.
- If you get repeated results of “inconclusive”, check that you don’t fall into one of these categories:
- You have a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
- The recording may show signs of other arrhythmias or heart conditions that the app is not designed to recognize.
- Certain physiological conditions may prevent a small percentage of users from creating enough signal to produce a good recording.
Apple has a winner with the ECG App and using these tips, you can ensure that your heart is in tip top shape, or you can get an early warning of any trouble so that you can live a long life.