Apple Watch has proven to be a lifesaver many times over for its owners but now it’s also being used to help save people that don’t even own one.
A physician in San Diego recently shared how he used the ECG on his Apple Watch Series 4 to detect atrial fibrillation in someone while chilling at a restaurant. And it probably saved the person’s life.
Dr. Tommy Korn shared his incredible experience on Twitter this morning showing a video of the diagnosis while he was at a restaurant. We’re not sure what sparked Korn to have the person test for A-fib. This might be the first publicly reported incident of Apple Watch’s ECG saving someone’s life even though they didn’t own one. It certainly won’t be the last though.
As a physician, it’s much faster to put my #applewatch4 on someone else’s wrist to detect ❤️ disease (A. fib) than finding a ECG machine at a public restaurant! (Indeed, a true #mhealth guardian) pic.twitter.com/JLVD4JUYI9
— Tommy Korn MD (@TommyKornMD) June 21, 2019
In the replies to his tweet, Korn indicated that the person diagnosed with A-fib is doing alright.
Episodes of A-fib often show no symptoms. Usually you have to go to a hospital to check if you have it. Dr. Korn is a ophthalmologist (eye doctor) which makes the entire incident all the more impressive.
If you own a Series 4 and lend it to a friend for a quick A-fib diagnosis you can go back and delete the recording after so it doesn’t mess with your own Health data.