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Apple Watch's heart rate monitor saves a man's life

The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a built-in heart rate and ECG monitor. (Source: Apple)
The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a built-in heart rate and ECG monitor. (Source: Apple)
The Apple Watch's built-in heart rate monitoring has helped a user in calling ER at the right time when the smartwatch indicated that his heart rate had suddenly become abnormal. Although the user passed out en route to the hospital and was later diagnosed with SVT, timely alerts from the Apple Watch has ensured prompt response from ER without delay thus, saving his life.

One of the unique features of the new Apple Watch Series 4 is that it comes with an FDA-approved ECG monitor that can be helpful in keeping a track of your heart's health...and potentially save lives, too. User /u/ClockworkWXVII posted an interesting tale of how his Apple Watch helped in saving his life just at the right nick of time. This is what he had to say,

I was laying in bed, enjoying some TV and homemade brisket, when my Apple Watch told me that my heart rate was weird af, and then, told me my heart rate was stupid fast (thank you heart rate alerts)

Called ER, when they arrived, they found me in serious trouble. Body went into shock, got rushed to the hospital in a stretcher, and got taken into trauma.

I felt totally fine before everything happened, and then notifications, and then BAM, everything goes nuts.

100% thank you apple for making an amazing accessory and tool that helps people stay not dead."

The OP posted an update that the doctor confirmed from ECG tests that the heart rate was indeed abnormal as was indicated by the Apple Watch. The final diagnosis was of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which is abnormal heart rate that originates above the ventricles of the heart. SVT isn't life-threatening in itself but can result in pass-outs in extreme cases similar to what happened to the OP in this case.

We have seen many instances where technology helped in saving lives at the right moment. With the increasing pervasiveness of smartphones, smartwatches and the likes, our everyday gadgets are slowly evolving to keep us secure and help us lead healthy lives.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1592 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-04- 8 (Update: 2019-04- 8)