The Apple Watch’s EGC (electrocardiogram) feature has the function of indicating the user’s arterial fibrillation, that is, the heart rate of the person using the smart watch. If the pressure is uneven, Apple’s wearable alerts its owner through a report, and often these measurements end up saving lives.
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The most recent case where an Apple Watch helped a person with serious health problems happened in California, United States, with anesthesiologist Dr. Donald W. Milne. Donald, who is now 66, said the ECG of his smartwatch pointed to a critical heart disease that required a bypass operation. According to him, thanks to the early warning, it was possible to start the process to take care of your health in time and save your life.
According to website 9to5mac, Dr. Donald W. Milne works at Antelope Valley hospital and even shared his story by writing to none other than Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO. Check out the letter below:
“I have the first generation of the Apple Watch to be able to do heart monitoring. I know his primary use is to monitor atrial fibrillation. As a 66-year-old anesthesiologist, I wear the watch for many occasions.
However, a few months ago, I was working on an elliptical machine and felt more short of breath than normal for training and used the ECG function to do the measurement at that time.
I noticed a relapse of the ST segment on the chart. This normalized with rest, but was again documented by the strokes. I had no history of any heart disease before this incident.
An appointment with my doctor doing a resting ECG in her office showed everything normal. However, in showing the tracing with ischemia, she agreed with the chart and referred me to a cardiologist at John Muir Concord Hospital.
He also agreed to the evaluation and, by performing an angiogram yesterday, a critical diffuse coronary artery disease was found and I am now preparing for a 5-vessel bypass and aortic valve replacement for July 13, 2020.
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Without tracking the Apple Watch, I would never know I had a disease in time to be able to intervene before I had a potentially fatal heart attack.
The Apple Watch clearly saved my life.”
Stories like this happen from time to time, proving that ECG technology on the Apple Watch is really proficient for users with health problems. In March, we published a story about the Apple Watch having detected an irregularity in its user’s heart condition while professional hospital devices were unable to find the reason for the 80-year-old’s illness.