Apple’s watchOS 7 operating system, which was released to the public on Wednesday, has brought the ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications on compatible Apple Watch models to Colombia, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
The ECG functionality allows Apple Watch Series 4, 5, and 6 users to place their finger on the device’s Digital Crown, and 30 seconds later have a reading you can send to your doctor if the results are anything but normal sinus rhythm.
The irregular heart rhythm notification feature also periodically checks a users’ heart rhythm in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm is identified.
Apple routinely is required to get approval from government health agencies in each country it offers the Apple Watch ECG feature. The U.S. was the first country to provide clearance for the functionality when the Apple Watch Series 4 launched in 2018.
The full list of countries where the ECG and irregular heart rhythm features are available includes:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- US Virgin Islands