When Apple announced its latest series 4 with electrocardiogram features, my mother sighed relieved and then put in a memory to order one for my dad. That's because we found out by accident last year that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often too fast a heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart problems.
The ECG function, which monitors your heart rhythm and detects AFib, is simply live two days ago. At least one person has already benefited from it.
Yesterday, a person at Reddit told her how her Apple Watch informed her about an abnormal heart rate. From there they started the ECG app and found out that it was AFib. They went for urgent treatment and saw a doctor they said, "They should buy Apple shares. That probably saved you. I read about it last night and thought we would see a boost this week. I did not expect it this morning.
The patient said she would go the next day to a cardiologist who performed an examination and confirmed AFib diagnosis
in a week for some additional tests to investigate the cause … blood, thyroid, etc "He also commissioned me with a partner who specializes more in the electrical side of things so that he is also viewed from this angle."
One of the first ECGs in existence Monitors could make a big difference in the number of people who have at least some transparency in terms of their heart health To be clear: Once you have activated the new feature, the clock is still not constantly looking for AFib if the heart rhythm Monitor detects something is off ̵
If You open the ECG app, place your arm on your lap or table, and then hold your finger on the crown for 30 seconds. From there, the watch will alert you to signs of atrial fibrillation.
If you want to learn more about the features, take a look at my colleague Brian Heater's article below.