The Apple Watch is capable of helping users track a variety of different maladies. It can issue warnings when sounds are too loud. One of its most useful features is the ECG app which can take an electrocardiogram in seconds.
As Apple states 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.” However, it looks like that’s about to change as improvements are being worked on.
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.
Last week, Twitter user Steve Moser 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.”
If you have installed iOS 14.3 RC and watchOS 7.2 (and depending on your location) then you will see a message about new ECG capabilities (AFib at higher heart rates) in the ECG app after updating it in the Health app. pic.twitter.com/nlAk7IjACz
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) December 9, 2020
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, so higher AFib reading capabilities should be too.