5 Ways the Apple Watch can Save Your Life.

It is true that your Watch should not replace your doctor or other health professionals, but the health features that come with Apple Watch over the years is really impressive. With the announcement of the new Apple Watch Series 5 (available for pre-order) and WatchOS 6 (that will be available for download on Sept. 19), this device is quickly taking over some responsibilities of our medical professionals. The following are the five ways Apple Watch can help save your life.

1. Warn you of loud noises to protect you from hearing damage

A lot of time, People seek help for their hearing loss after it is late. The reason for this is because hearing loss happens gradually, due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Apple plans to tackle environmental factors with its Noise app, an Apple Watch feature that detects loud noises (over 90dB) and informs you about the risk of hearing loss. You buy your Noise app on September 16th, when WatchOS 6 bring out Apple watches.

2. It tracks your menstrual cycle

To keep a closer watch on your periods is very important; it helps you understand your general health: irregular menstrual cycles can lead to conditions such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis, and transition to menopause. But, the good news is that finally, Apple is catching up with femtech by adding the new cycle tracking feature to Apple Watches. And integrating this feature into the iPhone's Health app, Llke the Noise app, cycle tracking will be available on September 16th, when iOS 13 and WatchOS 6 will be released to everyone.

3. It detects falls and calls for help

When Apple Watch Series 4 launched the fall detection feature, people laughed about those old “I have fallen and I cannot stand up TV ads. But falling is not a laughing matter for people who really can’t help themselves up: Folks has attributed this feature with saving their lives since its introduction. This feature works by sounding alarmed if you fall and sending a push notification asking you are fine. If the watch does not detect any movement, it will call emergency services or predesignated emergency contacts for help.

4. It alerts you if your heart rhythm is abnormal

The Apple Watch ECG app has received mixed reviews from experts and consumers since its release on Apple Watch 4 in 2018. The app also detects atrial fibrillation, one of the most common heart rhythms, through a 30 seconds test. These uneven heartbeats are not always medically unsafe but can lead to complications such as blood clots, blood clots, stroke, including heart failure. Also, WatchOS 6 checks your heart rate from time to time using the automatic heart rate sensor and will alert you if you notice anything abnormal.

5. It detects high and low heart rate

Just like the AFib feature, Apple Watch can as well identify high heart rates and low heart rates. First, you need to manually enter what you will recognize as the high and low heart rates for you in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. If your watch detects a heart rate higher or lower than these ranges, you will be notified. Although some health experts and researchers argue that this feature can trigger false alarms. For example, healthy people usually have a lower than normal heart rate, which may trigger a notification. Even if this is the case, at least, something is better than nothing - my personal opinion on this heart rate detection is that a few false alarms are beyond worth a single life saved.

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