How to Set Up an Apple Watch for Medical Emergencies and Maximize Its Health Benefits

Your Apple Watch has a lot of health features (Apple)

Your Apple Watch has a lot of health features (Apple)

The first time David Last, 54, strapped on his Apple Watch it saved his life, when he warned his heart had stopped 138 times in 48 hours

According to the British Heart Foundation (BFH), heart and circulatory disease kills someone every three minutes in the UK. Still, it takes moments to set up your Apple Watch to prevent a difficult medical situation from suddenly spiraling out of control.

Apple Watch has a feature called Emergency SOS, and you can call emergency services by holding down the side button until a countdown sounds and the call is made. You can also easily cancel this request if it is activated by mistake.

But how do you configure your watch for an emergency scenario – and maximize its overall health benefits?

Your watch can alert you to health emergencies (Apple)

Your watch can alert you to health emergencies (Apple)

How to set up your Apple Watch in an emergency

Add emergency contacts

There are two ways to add people to your emergency contact list.

On your watch, open Settings > Health > Medical ID.

Find emergency contacts and tap Add for each one. You can also choose your contacts on the Watch app on your iPhone using Medical ID in the settings, just tap Add Emergency Contact there.

In the future, when an emergency SOS event is triggered, your watch will contact these people to let them know where you are.

Configure Medical ID

When emergency services reach you, your medical ID card comes in handy. Most first responders will check this, which may include medical notes, allergies, medications, blood type, etc.

Open Medical ID, tap Edit and add your information.

Add emergency access

Enable Emergency Access or View When Locked, to let doctors see your medical information without your help.

Enable Emergency SOS to enable fall detection (if the age on your medical ID says you are over 55, this feature is automatically enabled).

If you fall, your watch will beep and a notification will ask if you’re okay. If you are, you can cancel the call, but if not – maybe you fell and got knocked out – an emergency SOS call will be made after a little longer. one minute of inactivity.

The latest iPhone and Apple Watch models also have Crash Detection, which uses the same system to make an emergency call if a serious car accident is detected.

Configure medications on new watches

Those who own Apple Watch models four through eight can run the new OS 9 operating system and install a new app called Medicines, which helps you take your medications, vitamins or dietary supplements correctly.

Simply select Settings, General, and Software Update, then select Install.

Then go to Health, tap Browse and Drugs.

If you create a schedule in the Health app, the watch will automatically remind you when to take your medicine.

How to keep tabs on your heart health

All current Apple Watch models offer high and low heart rate notifications and will notify you if you have an irregular heartbeat. The built-in activity sensors and app can help you work your body a little harder to improve your heart health.

Activate the feature in Health on your phone, then open the ECG app on your watch, place your arm on a table or other stable surface, and place the tip of your opposite index finger on the Digital Crown.

After 30 seconds you will see a graph of your heart rate.

If you receive an atrial fibrillation warning, you should repeat the test and, if you receive a warning again, seek help promptly.

Women can check their monthly cycles and ovulation (Apple)

Women can check their monthly cycles and ovulation (Apple)

How to Set Up Cycle Tracking for Women

Cycle Tracking promises women useful information about their periods and fertility.

To do this, set up the Health app on your iPhone, then enable Cycle Tracking.

The latest Apple Watch Series 8 adds a body temperature sensor, which is also useful for this and other conditions.

Monitor your sleep with your watch (Apple)

Monitor your sleep with your watch (Apple)

Apple Watch and its apps provide many additional tools to help you stay healthy. Activity tracking helps you monitor how much you exercise and provide health advice. The watch also has a sleep tracker to monitor sleep quality.

But the best advice when monitoring your health? Listen to your device. It’s wiser to have something that may seem harmless checked out rather than risk ignoring the warnings.

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