The Apple Watch Series 4 has been on the market for less than a year and has already been credited with saving dozens of lives around the world. Ann Rowe of Fairhope, Alabama – is joining a growing group of watch wearers who could face life-threatening medical conditions without the Apple Watch.
FOX10 first shared Rowe's story in which she declared it was Apple Watch that prevented her from surviving a life-threatening stroke. As a person with asthma, Rowe dismissed shortness of breath while walking around her home as her condition worsened.
Ann Rowe's husband gave her an Apple Watch over Christmas, so she considered trying the ECG watch experience. The Apple Watch Series 4 (review) launches last fall with a built-in electric heart rate sensor that can capture an electrocardiogram reading across the wrist and tip of the finger using Apple's ECG application.
Non-AFib users typically see a heart rate called a sinus rhythm, but Rowe's Apple Watch detects AFib because of an irregular heartbeat. The Mayo Clinic describes AFib as "an irregular and often accelerated heart rate that may increase the risk of strokes, heart failure and other cardiac complications."
AFib for open heart surgery
Understandably, Rowe initially releases an AFib result. caught by her Apple Watch, but the ECG application was consistent. After further testing with the Apple Watch, she decided to consult her doctor.
After learning that Apple Watch really accurately discovered her heart was on AFib after hospital machines reported the same result, Rowe said she had "no question". that Apple Watch saved her life. Later, her mitral valve was replaced by open-heart surgery to resolve irregular heartbeats and reduce the risk of stroke.
Read the full story of FOX10TV .com.
More health features
Finding AFib is not the only health monitoring feature offered by the Apple Watch Series 4. The latest watch model also includes 911 fall detection and alerting your emergency contact if you do not respond after a fall is detected.
Apple Watch also has the ability to detect unexpected heart rate drops, as well as an increased heart rate outside of training; both can be signs of heart conditions that can be dangerous when left untreated.
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