Apple Watch is at the center of another vital experience. In an incredible story, a British man credited Apple’s wearable and heart rate features with detecting an asymptomatic health condition that caused his heart to stop 138 times in just 48 hours.
Reported by The Independent via Apple Insider, David Last from Norfolk in the UK was given an Apple Watch for his birthday earlier this year by his wife Sarah.
When Last, 54, started using the device, Apple Watch started giving him abnormally low heart rate warnings. Measurements as low as 30 beats per minute have been recorded nearly 3,000 different times.
The last time his Apple Watch was faulty, his wife pushed him to see his doctor.
48 hour ECG
After first having an MRI in May and getting the results in July, Last then underwent a 48-hour ECG test to get to the bottom of the abnormal heart rate.
The hospital called five times to try to reach Last with the ECG results before he could respond – and realized how urgent it was.
What caused his heart to stop 138 times?
It turns out he had asymptomatic and life-threatening third-degree heart block. During this 48-hour ECG, his “heart stopped 138 times in 10-second intervals.”
Doctors were able to place a life-saving pacemaker in his heart in August. Thankfully, Apple Watch highlighted this with the low heart rate notifications while Last showed no “symptoms”.
Apple Watch “always stays with me”
Here’s what Last shared about the experience:
“If she hadn’t bought me my Apple Watch for my birthday, I wouldn’t be here. I will always be eternally grateful to him. Besides charging it, it always stays on me now.
I had no symptoms. We even went to Italy for 10 days for our honeymoon – didn’t know anything was wrong. Even the doctors were amazed.
In a wonderful ending to this story, “Last has since returned to work and credits his wife for his recovery. »
Picture via The Independent
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