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When the Apple Watch was originally released in 2015, it was pitched as a great watch, an intimate way to communicate, and a comprehensive fitness device. While the original Apple Watch (later renamed Series 0) lacked GPS and was generally a slow device, it has shown dramatic improvements year over year particularly for Apple’s health initiatives.

When Apple released the Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches, it added heart rate monitoring for Apple Health. When you enable heart rate monitoring, you  can also turn on heart rate notifications, so you know if your heart rate remains above or below a chosen beats per minute (BPM), or to occasionally check for an irregular heart rhythm. Irregular rhythm notifications are available only with watchOS 5.1.2 or later in certain countries.

With Apple Watch Series 4, Apple added a electrocardiogram monitoring (also known as ECG and EKG). The ECG app on Apple Watch (Series 4 or newer) can record your heartbeat and rhythm using the electrical heart sensor and then check the reading for atrial fibrillation (AFib). It then records that information into the Apple Health app.

Since the release of Apple Watch, there have been countless stories of people’s lives being saved by the health advancements in Apple Watch and Apple’s Health initiatives.

Apple Watch ECG

If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer, here’s a how to guide on how to take an ECG.

Apple also includes a Health app on the iPhone where it easy to learn about your health and start reaching your goals. It consolidates data from iPhone, Apple Watch, and third-party apps in one place.

Top Stories on Apple Health

Apple Health Stories May 4, 2021

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Withings makes some of the most popular smart health devices on the market and today its Body Cardio scale that works with Apple’s Health app is getting an impressive feature. Vascular Age is launching to help users measure their arterial health and can give important early warnings about potential cardiovascular issues.

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Apple Health Stories May 3, 2021

Apple Watch blood sugar
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Noninvasive Apple Watch blood sugar measurement probably tops the list on the consumer wish list for the company’s wearable, and a partnership with a UK startup may have brought us one step closer.

Apple is listed as the largest client of Rockley Photonics, an electronics company working on a system that uses similar sensors to the existing Apple Watch ones, but with many more capabilities …

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Apple Health Stories April 1, 2021

Apple Watch Series 6 deals
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Health is one of the main areas that Apple has been investing in in recent years following the growth of the Apple Watch and services like Apple Fitness+. Now the company is hiring a cardiologist specializing in clinical product development to take its health features even further.

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Apple Health Stories March 27, 2021

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Stanford University has published the results of a new Apple Watch and iPhone study focused on functional mobility of cardiovascular disease patients. The data suggests that iPhone and Apple Watch can accurately asses “frailty,” both in-clinic and at home.

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Apple Health Stories March 9, 2021

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Stories about Apple Watch changing people’s lives are becoming more and more frequent, and this time the smartwatch helped a man save his life in Somersworth, New Hampshire. William Rogers fell through the ice on Sunday, and things might have been even worse if he hadn’t been wearing his Apple Watch.

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Apple Health Stories March 3, 2021

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Apple Watch can help you stay motivated to exercise and improve your health, and smart scales that sync data to the iPhone can be a fun and useful way to track your progress. If you want to easily collect your weight and other measurement data in the Health app on iPhone, the trick is to find a scale that works with HealthKit. Here are some of the current options on the market:

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Apple Health Stories February 25, 2021

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Withings has been a leader in the smart health device market for years and today the company has announced its latest releases, the Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor. With the extra connectivity, Withings is able to offer out of the box secure transfer of patients’ data from home to health care professionals.

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Apple Health Stories February 22, 2021

COVID-19 test kits
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COVID-19 test kits have been in short supply, so Apple stepped in to help develop a more efficient manufacturing process for a key supplier, boosting output by almost 4,000% since last April. It saw output rise from thousands per week to over a million.

Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund provided COPAN Diagnostics with both manufacturing expertise and a capital injection of $10M…

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Apple Health Stories February 4, 2021

‘Training Today’ fitness coaching app updated with iOS 14 home screen widget and new data

Training Today launched last year as a sharp Apple Watch and iPhone app to help you know when to train, how hard to train, and when to rest. Now with an update, the app has gained a useful widget for iPhone along with more data like a longer history for heart rate variability and resting heart rate along with a 10-week readiness to train history.

Apple Health Stories January 27, 2021

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The Apple Watch is yet again being credited with helping keep someone connected during a potentially life-threatening situation. The BBC reports that a cyclist in England was rescued from a flooded river after contacting emergency services through his Apple Watch.

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Apple Health Stories January 26, 2021

Apple Watch blood glucose monitoring – a possible approach
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Yesterday’s report that we may see Apple Watch blood glucose monitoring when the Series 7 is released this year has generated both excitement and skepticism.

Excitement because it could provide a far easier method of monitoring blood sugar levels than current devices, which require a pin-prick blood sample. Skepticism because non-invasive measurement has been a goal for a great many years, with very limited success to date. The closest we’ve got so far is a rice-grain sized sensor embedded into the skin that can then be read without any further puncturing of the skin…

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Apple Health Stories January 25, 2021

Apple Watch blood sugar measurement
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A Korean report claims that an Apple Watch blood sugar sensor will be included in the Series 7 device, when it is launched later this year.

With health applications a major selling point of the Apple Watch, it has long been expected that the Cupertino company would want to expand its medical capabilities …

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Apple Health Stories January 18, 2021

Apple’s Jay Blahnik talks Fitness+, metrics as motivation, and more in podcast interview

It’s been just over a month since Apple Fitness+ launched – the company’s latest move wading further into the health and fitness market. Now Apple’s senior director of fitness technologies, Jay Blahnik has shared some thoughts on why metrics can be our biggest motivator, how Apple Fitness+ comes into play with that, and more.

Apple Health Stories December 28, 2020

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Last year, Apple teamed up with the University of Michigan to launch the Apple Hearing Study, focused on examining factors that impact hearing health. Apple and the University of Michigan are now reaching to participants to inform them of a bug in the study app that caused historical data to be shared with Apple.

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Apple Health Stories December 17, 2020

Fitness Totals simplifies monitoring weekly, monthly, or yearly fitness activity on iOS

Apple’s Health solution has become a central clearinghouse over the past few years. Thanks to robust fitness tracking for workouts on Apple Watch, and now with Apple Fitness+ adding a new option for working out with the Apple Platform, there is a need for better tracking solutions with your data. Today, Fitness Totals launches as a way to easily compare weekly, monthly, yearly, and all-time totals for steps, running, cycling, and over a dozen other fitness activities. 

Apple Health Stories December 4, 2020

Smart health/fitness devices gift guide 2020
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Gifting smart health/fitness devices can be really thoughtful and helpful but sometimes it can be tricky to figure out which one to pick. Below we’ve got a roundup of great options for everyone from those just getting started to super fit family or friends.

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Apple Health Stories November 30, 2020

Anti-insomnia app gets FDA approval
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We’ve recently seen a prescription-only PTSD Apple Watch app get FDA approval. The same has now happened for an iPhone-based anti-insomnia app – but it costs a cool $899!

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated work on app-based treatments for mental health conditions which have previously required prescription medications and/or in-person therapy sessions …

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Apple Health Stories November 28, 2020

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The heart monitoring features of the Apple Watch are again being credited with alerting a user to an undiagnosed condition. As 24 News reports, 25-year-old Zachary Zies was notified by his watch of a high resting heart rate at 210 beats per minute.

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Apple Health Stories November 9, 2020

NightWare
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In the list of phrases I never expected to use, ‘prescription-only Apple Watch app’ ranks pretty highly – but that’s exactly what NightWare is.

The app aims to disrupt nightmares caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and has been granted FDA approval under an accelerated scheme designed for lower-risk treatments …

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Apple Health Stories November 2, 2020

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It looks like the ECG features for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, and 6 are finally coming to South Korea and Russia. This includes the ability to take an ECG as well as receive irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch.

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Apple Health Stories October 7, 2020

Health Records on iPhone UK and Canada
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Apple has announced that the Health app can now display Health Records on iPhone for those in the UK and Canada.

Health Records was first launched in the US back in 2018, allowing healthcare providers to make their patient records available to the patient in Apple’s Health app. All records are encrypted, and by pulling together different records from different providers, it provides a more comprehensive single-point view of your health …

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Apple Health Stories October 1, 2020

Missing GPS data fix
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It wasn’t long after the watchOS 7 release that some Apple Watch owners started reporting missing GPS data from workouts.

Apple now has a suggested partial fix, but it appears it won’t restore the missing data …

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Apple Health Stories August 7, 2020

Apple Watch Fall Detection could get more sophisticated
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Apple Watch Fall Detection has been credited with saving a number of lives, thanks to its ability to automatically call emergency services if it detects you falling and you don’t confirm that you’re ok.

But the feature could get even more sophisticated in future, with the ability to send comprehensive data to emergency services so they can get a sense of your condition before the ambulance arrives …

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Apple Health Stories August 4, 2020

Health app data needs two small changes
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Apple and UCLA are teaming up on a new three-year study to understand how factors including sleep, physical activity, heart rate, and daily routines can play a role in depression and anxiety. As first reported by CNBC, UCLA will use data collected by iPhone, Apple Watch, and the Beddit sleep tracker. The study begins this week.

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Apple Health Stories July 30, 2020

Health app data needs two small changes
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Thanks to technology, there’s never been an easier time to work on your health, fitness, or weight. Instead of the old days, when you had to make an effort to time your exercises, keep your own records of your weight, calculate your own BMI, and so on, a combination of hardware and software means that almost all of it can be done automatically. And even better, your Health app data pulls together almost all of it in one place.

The app offers a vast array of stats, and helpfully allows you to favorite the metrics that are most relevant to your own goals so that they appear on the Summary screen when you open the app…

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Apple Health Stories July 1, 2020

Apple Watch Series 6 deals
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The Apple Watch’s ECG feature can officially only indicate atrial fibrillation, but an anesthesiologist working at a California hospital says that it picked up on a critical heart disease so serious that he requires a bypass operation.

Dr. Donald W Milne from Antelope Valley Hospital shared the story with us and has also written to Tim Cook …

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Apple Health Stories June 23, 2020

iOS 14 HealthKit updates ECG, symptoms, more
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Health and fitness is a big focus for Apple and with iOS 14 and watchOS 7, HealthKit is seeing improvements for developers to do even more with health-related apps. Updates include a new ECG API that offers read access to third-parties, 13 new symptoms that can be tracked, as well as four new mobility data types.

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Apple Health Stories June 19, 2020

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The fall detection feature on Apple Watch is being credited with alerting emergency services after a 92-year-old farmer fell from a ladder. As reported by KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, Jim Salsman fell from his ladder and “would’ve been dead” without the help from his Apple Watch.

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Apple Health Stories June 2, 2020

Apple Research app updated with COVID-19 survey and new ‘Speech in Noise’ test

The Apple Research app has received an update today that brings two notable changes with one of them being focused on taking into account how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting daily life for those in the Apple Heart and Movement Study.

Apple Health Stories May 28, 2020

Training Today for Apple Watch helps coach you on workout intensity and rest days

A neat new Apple Watch app has landed in the App Store today to let you know how your body is responding to exercise, help prevent injury from overtraining, and when the optimal time is to train.

Apple Health Stories May 19, 2020

Review Lumen metabolic testing device iPhone iOS
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If you like to use your iPhone and Apple Watch as part of your health and fitness journey, odds are good you value all the data they can offer. While that can include ways to track calories burned and consumed (and of course much more) there hasn’t been an easy way to do metabolic testing at home outside of expensive tests at clinics. Now a breakthrough handheld device called Lumen is making metabolic testing available to anyone and lets you know how to achieve optimal athletic performance, lose weight, build lean muscle, and more with a personalized nutrition plan. Better yet, Lumen has a great iOS app with Apple Health integration.

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Apple Health Stories May 14, 2020

Can the Apple Watch detect coronavirus
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Could your Apple Watch detect coronavirus, using data like ECG and respiration rate? That’s a question a Stanford University study is aiming to answer.

If you own an Apple Watch or other wearable and fall into one of three categories, you can enroll in the health study …

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Apple Health Stories May 6, 2020

Curious about your all-time Apple Watch Activity stats? Check out this app

Developer Rahul Matta, creator of Tempo for iPhone and Apple Watch is out with a slick new iPhone app that offers a look at the grand total of all-time Apple Watch Activity stats.

Apple Health Stories May 3, 2020

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Since the Apple Watch added the ECG app with the Series 4, numerous stories have surfaced about how the app has contributed to saving people’s lives. Now, a new article from the European Heart Journal tells the story of an 80-year-old woman in Mainz Germany whose Apple Watch detected evidence of a heart condition missed by a hospital ECG.

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Apple Health Stories May 1, 2020

Withings data suggests coronavirus lockdown isn’t negatively affecting physical health

Depending on where you’re looking on social media, it could be easy to think that a majority of people are gaining weight with more time on the couch and making rich, carb-heavy meals. However, new data from health device maker Withings says that’s not the case.

Apple Health Stories April 20, 2020

Apple releases ‘Works with Apple Health’ badge for developers

Apple has released new developer badge resources for those integrating third-party software with HealthKit. The update sees the launch of the “Works with Apple Health” badge.

Apple Health Stories April 4, 2020

OutRun is a simple iPhone run tracker that is privacy focused and integrates with Apple Health

I’ve been using my iPhone to track my runs since 2010 when I first signed up for RunKeeper when I had an iPhone 3GS. I’ve  only used a GPS watch for varying points in my running career, so for me, the iPhone has always been my primary run tracker. In recent years, many of the popular running apps have been moving towards a subscription model (which is understandable considering the apps need constant development), but I always believed there was room for a simple running that that was private by default and shared the data with Apple Health/Activity app. Finally, there is a simple iPhone Run Tracker, and its called OutRun.

Apple Health Stories March 15, 2020

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The Apple Watch has, rightfully so, has been at the center of Apple’s health story. We’ve seen countless stories of people getting healthy or being notified of health conditions thanks to the product. One company is taking an innovative approach to wellness thanks to a product most people haven’t considered: iPad. Echelon, located in my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is offering a similar product to Peloton, but at a much lower entry price with its Echelon Connect Bikes. One of the ways they are doing that is by letting users leverage an iPad for the display instead of requiring them to use one built into the bike. In learning more about the product, I took a class on location at their studio using the EX3 bike. expand full story

Apple Health Stories February 27, 2020

Apple Watch doesn't detect AFib above 120bpm
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Apple acknowledged in its FDA submission that the Apple Watch cannot detect AFib when the heart-rate is above 120 beats per minute, and a report today suggests this means it may fail to detect the condition in anywhere between 30% and 60% of cases.

Apple has always been careful to stress the limitations of the Watch’s ability to detect AFib …

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Apple Health Stories February 15, 2020

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An Oklahoma mom is crediting the Apple Watch with alerting her to her middle school aged son’s abnormally high heart rate. 13-year-old Skylar Joslin was sitting in class when his Apple Watch detected a heart of 190 beats-per-minute.

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Apple Health Stories February 11, 2020

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Snapchat is today launching a new set of mental health and wellness tools, including a search tool called Here For You.

The aim would be to ensure that searches for terms which suggest someone is struggling with their mental health would lead to accurate and constructive content…

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Apple Health Stories February 5, 2020

Health data sharing rule changes supported by Apple face pushback from hospitals

Apple has been a vocal supporter of rule changes that would make it easier for patients to access their medical information and share it with applications. Epic Systems, one of the largest electronic medical records providers in the United States, is urging its customers to oppose the rule changes.

Apple Watch: How to see your workout history and trends

Curious where to find all the workouts you’ve tracked with Apple Watch? Read on for how to see your Apple Watch workout history on both your wearable and iPhone as well as your move, exercise, and stand trends over time.

Apple Health Stories January 31, 2020

TSMC says business as usual; Facebook acts on coronavirus hoaxes

Apple A-series chip supplier TSMC has said that production in its Chinese facilities remains on track despite the coronavirus outbreak impacting output at a number of factories in the country…

Apple Health Stories January 25, 2020

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Apple continues to emphasis its belief that consumers should have better access to their medical information. CNBC reports this week that Apple and Microsoft will send a representative to a meeting on Monday, hosted by the nonpartisan Carin Alliance.

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Apple Health Stories January 22, 2020

Kentucky woman credits gifted Apple Watch with detecting AFib while asleep

Apple Watch is being credited with helping another user detect atrial fibrillation. Today, local news outlet WHAS11 tells the story of Rosemary Stiles, who asked for an Apple Watch for Christmas in 2018 and now says the device accurately detected the heart condition while she was asleep.

Apple Health Stories January 14, 2020

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YouTuber Joel Telling is crediting Apple Watch with alerting him to an elevated heart rate. Telling says that his Apple Watch notified him that his heart rate had been over 120 beats-per-minute for more than 10 minutes, prompting him to seek medical attention.

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Apple Health Stories January 13, 2020

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I ran three half marathons in November and December with the Apple Watch Series 5. Each 13.1-mile race was an opportunity to test how different modes affected both battery life and the running experience. Battery life results after running for about 2.5 hours varied with each configuration: 40%, 8%, and 51%.

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