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Apple Watch ECG and Irregular Heart Rate Alerts Approved in Japan

The Japanese Association for the Advancement of Medical Devices last Friday approved the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5, along with irregular heartbeat alerts.

MacRumors has the story:

As a result of the approval, the Ochanomizu Department of Cardiology has begun moving forward with the ‌Apple Watch‌ outpatient program, which will help registered patients use devices to help them detect suspected arrhythmia attacks and send them for further examination.

Japan’s approval was first discovered by iPhone Mania.

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Back in June, the Japanese blog Mac Otakara discovered Apple’s registration as a certified manufacturer in Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, dated March 25, 2020. The purpose of Apple’s filing and registry entry could not be confirmed at that time.

But now we know for sure that the Mac manufacturer succeeds in obtaining official authorization for the ECG app and irregular heartbeat alerts on the Series 4 and 5 models sold in Japan. Both features will also reportedly be coming to South Korea soon.

ECG is available on the Apple Watch Series 4 and later, allowing users in selected areas to measure electrical activity in the heart by resting their finger on the Digital Crown. According to the watchOS Feature Availability website, the ECG feature is currently available in 40 countries.

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