The Apple Watch's ECG function has saved many lives, but the latest example shows that the low and high resting heart rate warnings also uncover unknown heart problems. After receiving several low heart rate warnings, a 48-year-old recently discovered he had a ventricular lie line and was able to treat the heart disease through surgery before causing any problems] 48-year-old Paul Hutton received Several warnings on low heart rates on his Apple Watch. In the end, he asked his doctor, who confirmed that he was actually suffering from a low heart rate. The original plan was for Hutton to remove caffeine from his diet to solve the problem.
When this did not change the low heart rate alert messages that still came from his Apple Watch, he went to a specialist where he finally made a diagnosis of a ventricular bigeminy, meaning that the heart contains extra beats, usually weaker ones , which are considered as premature ventricular contractions. The ventricular bigeminy may cause the heart to pump blood less effectively.
Hutton had an operation called cardiac ablation to fix the condition.
During the surgery, for which he was awake but sedated, the doctors burned tiny areas of defective heart tissue.
Since recovering from the surgery, he has checked his heartbeat on his Apple Watch and everything looks fine.
Ashleigh Li, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, noted how devices like the Apple Watch "revolutionize" how heart disease is diagnosed.
As Paul's story shows, they offer tremendous potential for detecting signs of an irregular heartbeat before a person has noticeable symptoms.
She also believes that more work needs to be done to figure out how to best use data from wearables.
However, further research is needed to determine how best to use the data generated by these devices.
High and Low Pulse Notification Features are available as of Apple Watch Series 1
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