When Apple announced its latest 4 Watch series with the functions of the electrocardiogram, my mother took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my father. This is because we discovered last year, by chance, that has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often a rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart problems.
The ECG function, which monitors your heart rhythm and can detect AFib, * went live only two days ago. Already, at least one person has benefited from it.
Yesterday, one person on Reddit shared how their Apple Watch notified them of an abnormal heart rate. From there, they ran the ECG app and discovered it was AFib. They went to the urgent care and saw a doctor who they said, "You should buy the stock of Apple, this probably saved you, I read about this last night and I thought we'd see a recovery this week. first thing this morning. "
The patient says that they went to the cardiologist the next day, who did an examination and confirmed the diagnosis of AFib.
"I'm planning to go back in a week for some additional tests to start looking at the cause … blood, thyroid, etc …" they wrote. "He also programmed me with a partner who specializes more in the electric side of things to have seen it also from that angle".
As one of the first most widely used ECG monitors, this could make a huge difference in the number of people who have at least some transparency in their cardiac health. But to be clear, once the new feature is activated, the watch is not yet in constant search for AFib. When the heart rhythm monitor detects that something is off, such as a skipped or fast heartbeat, it will send a notification to the wrist.
That's when you open the ECG app, put your arm on your lap or on your table and then hold your finger on the crown for 30 seconds. From there, the watch will tell you if there are signs of atrial fibrillation.
If you want to know more about the features, check out the piece by fellow Brian Heater below.