The Health Benefits Of The Apple Watch

Apple Watch helps your health goals
The health aspects of a Apple Watch

I bought a Apple Watch maybe a year ago…it reminded me of the old old Dick Tracey comics. I loved that you could talk on the phone through a watch, so futuristic.

Well I still have my watch and wear it everyday. The watch tells me if I have been sitting to long. The watch tells me to stop and just take deep breaths.

All of that plus numerous health stats that are transferred to my iPhone for me to inspect. The phone tracks- Steps, KCal’s (whatever they are), your heart rate at different times of the day, plus many more things.

My researcher and I put together this blog post letting you know just the ‘health’ aspects of the Apple Watch.

The next generation Apple Watch 4 contains various health features that have caught the attention of many average Apple product fans.

As one of them, I believe these health features represent a significant leap forward in the self-monitoring our own health.

The Apple Watch has many features that help in monitoring your breathing and if necessary, reminds you to breathe.

This watch also helps in reporting your falls, and in case you do not get up at once, Siri will immediately initiate a call to 911.

This particular feature needs proper consideration because of several scenarios where 911 calls are potentially lifesaving, and also because of other situations where it merely represents an overreaction.

Although the potential for overreaction is often true for the new cardiac features, I must confess that I am pleased about them. Clinical health tracker and advanced heart rate sensors are essential self-monitoring apparatuses and tools during an exercise session.

Furthermore, the Apple Watch for the first time features a one-lead limb EKG which could recognize and also record an arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation and potential heart damage.

Push a simple button, and your doctor immediately gets this essential information.

Considering that 2 to 7 million people are suffering from atrial fibrillation, it is clear that the Apple Watch has a huge potential of saving millions of lives, particularly when integrated with telemedicine in less-developed areas where doctors are not readily available.

Apple Watch for your health
Apple watches and health goals…

Is the Apple Watch right for your health?

In case you have been confused about purchasing an Apple Watch, then this may help you in making a decision.

A Standford University study conducted on 400,000 grown-ups who utilize the Apple Watch as well as its fitness tracker and tools has just been completed, which is one of the most extensive studies that was solely focused on behavioral technology.

Behavioral technology, in this sense, can be seen as how technology could be used to facilitate and encourage positive behavior.

In the case of the new Apple Watch, participants with Apple watches made monthly subscriptions and payments depending on their various activity levels, with nothing to pay for if their monthly exercise and fitness targets were achieved, Telegraph reports.

The Apple Watch helps in measuring and keeping track of personal and activity goals.

Below is a summary of study findings according to PR Newswire:

Participants with Apple watch’s notice an average of 36% sustained increase in exercise and activity – 4.8 additional days of action each month – across South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Activity increased among the full spectrum of all vitality participants, irrespective of age, gender, and health status.

“At risk” study participants with high BMI (Body Mass Index), although with less chances of taking up the benefits, showed considerable improvements in activity as compared with other groups, with activity increase of 250% in the United States, 170% in the United Kingdo, and 110% in South Africa.

South Africa notices the most substantial increase in extremely high-intensity exercise and activity days of 75%, followed by the U.S at 54%, and 38% in the United Kingdom.

With these constant increases in participants levels of activity.

Researchers estimate that within one year, participants that engaged in activities using the Apple Watch noticed various health benefits, like improvement in cholesterol, blood pressure as well as cardiorespiratory fitness along with reduced healthcare costs.

The findings of the study suggest that the behavioral technology in the Apple Watch if used the right way has all the potential of adding a year or two to your life.

What does the Apple Watch do for your health?

You may know an Apple Watch as a new, fancy gadget – however; for some individuals, it could provide numerous health and lifesaving functions.

Recently, Henry Heather, a 27-year old from Alabama man, was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism after his Apple Watch kept on alerting him that his resting heart rate was too high.

And although it is not likely for an Apple Watch to detect a hidden disorder like untreated or severe hyperthyroidism, it turns out there are several things your Apple Watch could tell you about your health.

The extent at which an Apple Watch can assist you with your health depends on the amount of data it gets about your body.

A mobile health data company known as Cardiogram has said that; the information and data from the heart rate sensor in an Apple Watch, when fed into the company’s learning network can assist in detecting hypertension, fibrillation, sleep apnea, and it also has an 86 percent accuracy when used in detecting diabetes.

As for what you could use the Apple Watch to track now, and see results yourself, begin with sleep – one of the fastest means of crashing your health, both mental and physical, is by not having a night of beauty sleep.

The Apple Watch presently does not have an in-built sleep tracker; however; coding experts around the world have succeeded in filling the Apple Store with other third-party applications such as AutoSleep.

Loading this app in your Apple Watch could turn it into a tracker that can give you the opportunity of seeing vital sleep statistics such as the exact time you fall asleep if you often sleep into a deep sleep and how often you are disturbed at night.

The Apple Watch as an avenue for third-party health-related applications

While most of the necessary built-in health information, your Apple Watch can provide you with is also very crucial, but not extremely specialized. Healthcare providers have generated specific applications to assist patients with different diagnosed illnesses.

Most of the in-built features in the Apple Watch include the feature which notified Heather of his strange high resting heart rate that was made for the Apple Watch 3, as reported by TechCrunch.

And of course, there are also other workout functions in the Apple Watch, which are probably some of its pre-loaded and most-developed health functions.

The watch makes use of its Workout and Activity applications for tracking your motion and fitness. “Activity is all about your movement, daily routine, wellness, and health,” TechAdvisor says, “and Workout tracks cycling, walking and tracks running.”

Apple Watch and Health
The stylish Apple watch helps you track your Health goals

Furthermore, Apple recently introduced the GymKit that allows you to synchronize your Apple Watch to different workout equipment for more fitness feedback and result.

Thus, there is a possibility that in the future, Apple might combine this newly increased potential in its Health application, where other iPhone users could store and also view their medical records and reports, with real-time updates from healthcare providers and doctors.

Together, the Apple Watch fitness trackers and in-built health functions can be integrated with a myriad of other third-party applications to transform the device into one outstanding health-tracking machine.
How to use the ECG on the apple watch

Apple has released the ECG application for the Apple Watch 4

This ECG application utilizes the watch’s digital sensors and crown along the bottom of the Apple Watch for monitoring the electrical patterns of an individual’s heartbeat and analyzing it for potential problems.

Setting up your Apple Watch for Health

Before taking your first reading with the ECG app, you will need to open the Health application on your iPhone.

You will be asked if you wish to set up the ECG feature the first time you open the Health app, which means providing your birthdate and carefully reading through a guide of what the ECG feature can and cannot do.

How to use it ECG on your Apple Watch ?

With the ECG setup compete, search for the ECG application icon on your Apple Watch grid. It is a white circle with a red line that looks like a heart rate reading; if found, tap on it.

To capture the right results, you will need to have your arms on a desk or in your lap and leave a finger on the Digital Crown for as long as the countdown lasts.

Try remaining as still as possible, because any slight movement can affect the test.

Ensure your Apple Watch is appropriately tightened on your wrist. Also, make sure that you have the right wrist location, as identified in the watch.

As soon as the test is complete, you will receive one of three different results: Atrial fibrillation (AFib), sinus rhythm or inconclusive.

AFib means your heartbeat is irregular and strange; sinus minus means your heart is beating in uniformity, while inconclusive means either the application had a hard time trying to get a reading due to too much movement and other factors, or your heart rhythm does not qualify for either AFib or sinus.

Apple Health app

After each ECG test, the Health application on your iPhone will notify you of your results.

Open the alerts to see a chart of your heart’s rhythm, and any other essential actions or advice Apple recommends for you.

In case you want to show the recording to your doctor, you could export the result to a PDF format that contains a chart of all your heart’s when viewing any particular ECG in the Apple Health app.

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