6 Apple Watch Features That Could Save Your Life

The Apple Watch is not just a trendy wearable device that lets you check the time, track your fitness, and make calls. Since its official release in 2015, Apple has packed several features into the Apple Watch, including potentially life-saving ones.

This means strapping your favorite tech accessory to your wrist could alert you to severe health conditions, help you in an emergency, and save your life. This article will cover some of the most impressive life-saving features available on the Apple Watch.

1. Medical ID

In the unfortunate event that you have an accident, it is crucial that first responders know your medical information. That’s because you might not be able to communicate it yourself if you are unconscious or unable to speak.

The Medical ID feature on your iPhone and Apple Watch lets you input crucial medical information, such as your blood type, allergies, medical conditions, emergency contacts, and current medications, to name a few. This information is easily accessible on your Apple Watch, even if it is locked with a passcode.

However, you will need to start by setting up Medical ID on your iPhone. Then, you can view it on your Apple Watch by following these steps:

  • Press and hold the side button below the crown.
  • Slide the Medical ID toggle to the right to access your information.
  • You can also edit this information on your Apple Watch by going to Settings > Health > Medical ID > Edit Medical ID (found at the bottom of the page). On the same page, you might also want to allow access to your Medical ID when your Apple Watch is locked by toggling on Show When Locked.

    2. ECG

    Who knew your Apple Watch could alert you to a potentially deadly heart condition? The ECG app, available on the Apple Watch Series 4 and later, can do just that and help save your life.

    An electrocardiogram (ECG) measures the electrical activity of your heart to detect any irregularities. Medical doctors use this information to diagnose conditions like atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes irregular heartbeats.

    Your Apple Watch (Series 4 or later) has an electrical heart sensor that can take an ECG. The ECG app analyzes the data from this sensor to get your heart rate and check for any irregularities. It will notify you if it consistently detects an irregular heartbeat. If this happens, make sure to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

    You can take an ECG on the Apple Watch by opening the ECG app, resting your arm on a flat surface, and holding your finger on the Digital Crown. You will receive the results after 30 seconds.

    3. Fall Detection

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