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Apple Watch saved user's life after alerting him to abnormally high heart rates

By Cookie Monster - on 8 Apr 2019, 8:00am

Apple Watch saved user's life after alerting him to abnormally high heart rates

The Apple Watch has saved yet another user's life with the heart rate notification feature. 

Reddit user ClockworkWXVII posted that he was laying in bed and watching TV when his Apple Watch alerted him to abnormally high heart rates. He called emergency services and when they arrived, he was found to be in a serious state as his "body went into shock". 

The doctor did an ECG and confirmed that his heart was beating faster than normal. The follow-up appointment with a cardiologist revealed that he was suffering from supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which is an abnormally fast heart rhythm casued by improper electrical activity in the upper part of the heart. 

The Apple Watch has been credited for saving the lives of several users. Shortly after Apple rolled out the ECG feature in December 2018, the Apple Watch Series 4 alerted a user to Afib. The following month, another user was alerted to a potential Afib issue which turned out to be true when he seeked medical help at the hospital. In February 2019, data collected from the Apple Watch of 75-year-old Liz Turner helped expedite the diagnosis of Afib. Last month, another Apple Watch Series 4 user shared how the device was able to detect premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) when two 12-lead ECGs and a stress test in the past year did not detect anything abnormal. 

Source: Reddit user ClockworkWXVII via 9to5Mac

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