The Apple Watch Series 4 has been on the market for less than a year and has already saved dozens of lives around the world. Anne Rowe of Fairhope, Alabama, is part of the growing group of watch makers who could have faced life-threatening illnesses without the Apple Watch. Make sure they do not suffer a life-threatening stroke. As an asthmatic, Rowe released the shortness of breath as she walked around her home as her condition worsened.
Anne Rowe's husband gave her an Apple Watch at Christmas, so she considered trying the watch's ECG app. The Apple Watch Series 4 (test) was introduced last fall with a built-in electric heart rate sensor that uses the Apple's ECG app to capture an electrocardiogram from the wrist and fingertip.
Users without AFib usually see a heart rhythm called sinus rhythm, but Rowe's Apple Watch detects AFib due to an irregular heartbeat. The Mayo Clinic describes AFib as an "irregular and frequently fast heart rate that may increase the risk of strokes, heart failure and other cardiac complications."
AFib for open heart surgery
Understandably, Rowe initially dismissed AFib from her findings Apple Watch captured, but the ECG app was consistent. After further testing with the Apple Watch, she decided to consult with her doctor.
After finding out that the Apple Watch had actually realized that her heart was in AFib after hospital machines reported the same result, Rowe said she had "no doubt" that the Apple Watch had saved her life. Rowe later had her mitral valve replaced with open heart surgery to correct the irregular heartbeat and reduce the risk of stroke.
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Other health features
AFib detection is not the only health monitoring feature offered by the Apple Watch Series 4 They stop responding after a fall is detected.
Apple Watch can also detect unexpected heart rate drops and increased heart rates outside of exercise. both can be signs of heart trouble, which can be dangerous if left untreated.
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