We've heard several reports about the ECG functionality of the Apple Watch to save people's lives. Now, an Apple Watch user in Washington has confirmed his Apple Watch by announcing that his atrial fibrillation has returned.
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According to local news agencies KIRO Cardiologist Dr. med. Massey of Pacific Medical Centers had taken a patient to the hospital after his Apple Watch showed an irregular heart rhythm.
The patient has been treated for atrial fibrillation in the past, but A-fib may be intermittent. According to Massey, the patient had taken his blood-thinning medication and did not realize that his atrial fibrillation had returned until his Apple Watch notified him.
"He no longer had blood thinners and did not know he had returned," Dr. Massey. "And if you have AF, it can be intermittent so he can come to the office and be in normal rhythm. But then he could show me the tracking on his watch and show me that it had come back. And then we got a blood thinning to prevent a stroke, and that's a big deal. A heart nurse from Pacific Medical Centers added that she was "really skeptical" that the Apple Watch ECG readings would be useful up to that point.
"I was really skeptical that this would provide a clear traceability for our patients since I read ECGs all day long." But she believes now.
Forward, Dr. Massey He is curious about which other heart rhythm problems will be apparent outside of a doctor's office. "I hope that other cardiac arrhythmias can be detected outside the doctor's office in the future," he said. "And that's exciting."
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