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I’m no longer surprised when I see stories from people who say the Apple Watch saved their lives. From fall detection to heart-rate monitoring, that little piece of technology can uncover issues that may go unnoticed with dire consequences.

Of course, you need to make sure that your other gadgets are also ready to assist you in an emergency. Tap or click for built-in phone settings that make it easy to call 911, alert others about medical conditions, and more.


Alerts can also go a long way. Tap or click for notifications you can turn on to make life easier and keep you safe.

Now, grab your Apple Watch and let’s set up the necessary health features.

First set up the Health app

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Your Apple Watch works in conjunction with your iPhone, so you need to start there. The Health app allows you to enter details about your body, such as your height, weight and blood type. There are many other options you can choose to include or leave out. Here’s how to access it:

  • open to health app.
  • choose your profile picture in the top right hand corner.
  • click on health details.
  • Enter your information.

check your heart rate

While your Apple Watch won’t give you an accurate reading of your heart rate, it can give you a close estimate. To check, open heart rate app on your Apple Watch. You will see your current heart rate, resting rate and walking average rate.

As long as your watch is on, it takes regular readings of your heart rate and saves the data.

If you want to see the previous heart rate, press arrow in the top left corner of app.

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take an electrocardiogram

Together Apple Watch Series 4 or later, you may have an electrocardiogram, an ECG or an EKG. This test records the timing and strength of your heartbeat. Doctors often use these tests to look for irregularities.

An important note: This feature is not a replacement for seeing your doctor. Always consult a doctor if you feel uncomfortable or notice changes in your heart rhythm or any other aspect of your health.

You will first need to install and set up the ECG app. This way:

  • open to health app on your iPhone.
  • tap browse tab, then tap Heart > electrocardiogram (ECG) > set up ecg app.
  • After completing the setup, open ecg app.

If you still don’t see the app on your Apple Watch, open View App Tap More on your iPhone Heart. In the ECG section, tap install.

How to take ECG:

  • Make sure your Apple Watch is good and on the wrist that you have selected in the Apple Watch app. To check, open apple watch app, pat my watch tab, then go to Mango > view orientation.
  • open to ecg app on your watch.
  • Place your arms on a table or on your lap.
  • With the opposite hand of your clock, hold your finger on digital crown (the little dial on the side of your watch). You do not need to press the Digital Crown during the session.
  • Stop. Recording takes 30 seconds. At the end of the recording, you will receive a classification; then you can tap add symptoms And choose your symptoms.
  • Tap save To note any symptoms, then tap What happened.

fall detection

Do a quick search and you will see how many lives this feature has saved. Once powered on, if the watch detects a fall, it can contact emergency services to assist you. To set it up:

  • open to View App.
  • swipe down.
  • Choose emergency sos.
  • Tap the switch to enable fall detection.

Now that fall detection is enabled, it will sound an alarm when you fall. If you do not respond, Apple will contact emergency services.

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set medical id

Everyone has to do this step. You can create your Medical ID in the iPhone Health app and store it on your watch. open to health app, and tap on medical id option. You can add your past medical history, allergies, medications and any other details in case of an emergency.

blood oxygen sensor

if you have apple watch series 6With this, you can monitor your blood oxygen level. The watch has a built-in oximeter to let you know if your blood is getting the right amount of oxygen. Again, do not use this in place of a doctor if you are facing any breathing problems.

When tracking your blood oxygen level, you should see a number between 95 and 100. If you get readings less frequently than this, contact your doctor.

To set it up:

  • open to health app on your iPhone.
  • tap browse tab, then tap respiration > blood oxygen > set blood oxygen.
  • After completing the setup, open blood oxygen app on your Apple Watch.

To take blood oxygen measurements:

  • Make sure your watch is comfortable but still comfortable.
  • open to blood oxygen app on your Apple Watch.
  • still live. Keep your wrist flat with the watch facing up.
  • Tap Start. Keep your hand still for 15 seconds. At the end of the measurement, you will receive the results.
  • Tap What happened.

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