Apple Watch prompts 48-year-old man to get lifesaving heart surgery

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The Apple Watch is turning out to be a life-saver!
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Someone needs to get the Apple Watch its own comic book series, because right now it’s saving more lives than most DC and Marvel superheroes put together.

The latest case involves a 48-year-old U.K. man who underwent lifesaving heart surgery after a series of Apple Watch alerts about his low heart rate.

Paul Hutton’s Apple Watch alerted him that his heart rate regularly dropped below 40 beats per minute. That’s far lower than the 60 to 100 bpm of a typical resting heart rate. The readings prompted a visit to his doctor, who suggested that Hutton cut caffeine from his diet.

However, Hutton continued to receive notifications from his Apple Watch. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with ventricular bigeminy, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. He underwent a three-hour procedure to correct the problem.

“My surgeon was absolutely brilliant,” Hutton told the The Telegraph. “I keep checking my pulse on my Apple Watch and it all seems good.”

The Apple Watch saves lives

We often talk about technology’s capacity to change lives. There are few things more life-changing than tech that actually can save lives. That’s exactly where the Apple Watch is today, and it’s a big change from a device that more or less replicated the iPhone’s feature set in its early days.

Indeed, Apple’s focus on digital health for Apple Watch is now paying off in a big way.

Rarely a week goes by without a story such as Hutton’s. Much of the time, they focus on the Apple Watch’s heart-reading ECG tech. That’s the case here. But there are other stories as well.

Last month, we wrote about an 87-year-old woman whose Apple Watch called emergency services after she was involved in a car accident. Earlier this week, an Apple Watch potentially saved the life of a man stuck hundreds of feet offshore in Lake Michigan. Using the Apple Watch’s SOS Mode, he called for rescue.

Source: The Telegraph