It is no longer surprising when we hear stories of people saying that the Apple Watch saved their lives by detecting falls or monitoring heart rate. dire. Of course, you need more other precautions that may help you in emergency situations as well, such as the facility to call the emergency numbers that you have included in your phone settings whether by touch or tap to alert others of medical conditions, etc. And if you have an Apple Watch then let's run the indispensable health features.

First, set up the Health app

The Apple Watch works in tandem with your iPhone, so you have to start with the iPhone.

The Health app allows you to enter details about your body, such as your height, weight, and blood type.

And there are many other options that you can customize to include or skip.

◉ Open the “Health” app and tap on the “Summary” tab.

◉ Click on your profile picture at the top.

◉ Click on “Health Details”, then click on “Edit”.

◉ Add your information, such as height, weight and age, then “Done” at the end.

Check your heart rate

Although the Apple Watch will not give you a perfect reading of your heart rate, it can give you an accurate estimate of your condition. Open the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch, and you'll see your current heart rate, resting heart rate, and walking rate.

As long as your watch is on, it takes regular readings of your heart rate and saves the data. And if you want to view your previous heart rates, tap the arrow in the upper left corner of the app.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

With an Apple Watch 4 or later, you can take an EKG. This test records the timing and strength of your heartbeat. Doctors often use these tests for diagnosis.

important note

This feature is not a substitute for seeing your doctor. Always consult a doctor if you experience discomfort or notice a change in your heart rhythm or any other aspect of your health.

You will first need to install and set up the ECG app. Here's how:

◉ Open the Health app on your iPhone.

◉ Follow the steps on the screen. When the setup prompt does not appear, click on the “Browse” tab, then click on “Heart”, then “ECG”, then “ECG App Setup”.

◉ After completing the setup, open the ECG app.

◉ If you don't see the app after that on the Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the iPhone and tap "Flip". In the ECG section, tap “Install” to install the ECG app.

How to take an ECG reading

◉ Make sure that your Apple Watch is snug and secured to the wrist that you selected in the Apple Watch app. To check this, open the Clock app, then tap the My Watch tab, then go to General, then Clock Orientation.

◉ Open the ECG app on your watch.

◉ Place your arms on a table or on your lap.

◉ Using the other hand, place your finger on the Digital Crown. Do not press the Digital Crown during the session.

◉ It takes 30 seconds to register. At the end of the recording, you will be given a rating, then you can click on “Add symptoms” and choose your symptoms.

◉ Click “Save” to note any symptoms, then press “Done.”

fall detection

This feature has already saved many lives. Once turned on, if the watch detects a fall, it can call emergency services for help. To set up the feature:

◉ Open the Clock app on the iPhone, then the “My Watch” tab.

◉ Select Emergency SOS.

◉ Press the switch to enable or stop fall detection.

◉ Now that Fall Detection is enabled, an alarm will sound if you stumble and fall. If you do nothing, emergency services will be contacted immediately.

If you entered your age when you set up your Apple Watch, or in the Health app, and you're 55 or older, this feature will be turned on automatically. Make sure that your correct age appears in the “Medical ID” and “My Health Profile” app. Fall Detection is only available to those 18 years of age or older.

Set up a medical ID

Everyone needs to do this step. You can create a medical ID in the iPhone Health app and store it on your watch. Open the Health app, then Medical ID. Here you can add your past medical history, allergies, medications and any other details for emergency reference.

blood oxygen sensor

If you have an Apple Watch 6, you can Monitor oxygen levels in the blood. The watch comes with a built-in oximeter to let you know if you have a healthy amount of oxygen circulating in your blood or not.

Do not rely on this in place of your doctor. If you have any breathing problems, see your doctor immediately.

When tracking your blood oxygen level, you should see a number between 95 and 100. If you get readings consistently lower than that, see your doctor right away. To set this up:

◉ Open the “Health” app on your iPhone.

◉ Follow the steps on the screen. If the setting prompt does not appear, click on the “Browse” tab, then click on “Respiratory”, then “Blood Oxygen”, then “Set up Blood Oxygen”.

◉ After completing the setup, open the “Blood Oxygen” app on your Apple Watch to measure your blood oxygen levels.

To take a blood oxygen measurement:

◉ Make sure your watch is snug against your hands.

◉ Open the “Blood Oxygen” app on the watch.

◉ Keep your wrist steady and flat with the watch pointing up.

◉ Press “Start” and then keep your arm steady for 15 seconds, at the end of the measurement, you will receive the results, then click “Done”.

Thus, you have prepared an important health monitor for you and your health over time, but as we said, do not rely on this completely and should see your doctor if there is something abnormal.

Have you set these settings on your devices before? Was it useful to you? Tell us in the comments.



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