Apple Watch’s EKG tech may have helped save yet another life

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Apple Watch's EKG tech may have helped save yet another life
It sounds crazy, but saving lives may be the Apple Watch's killer app.
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There’s no shortage of amazing stories about how Apple Watch has helped to save people’s lives. According to a new report, a 74-year-old man from Lake Worth, Florida was visiting family when he began experiencing unusual symptoms. Despite having “no idea” about atrial fibrillation, Roy Robinson was clued in by his Apple Watch’s EKG tech.

One trip to the emergency room later, and, well, Cupertino likely has another satisfied Apple Watch customer.

The report claims that Robinson as visiting family in Baltimore, during which he went to visit his granddaughter at school. “She wanted to show us her classroom, so he went up to the third floor, and he was out of breath when he got there which is very unlike him,” Robinson’s wife, Dale, told ABC News.

Apple Watch EKG abilities

Robinson received several alerts of possible AFib (irregular heartbeats) on his Apple Watch. “I rested and didn’t think anything of it, and later that afternoon, the watch started beeping probably about once an hour, saying, ‘You’re in A-fib,’ and I had no idea what A-fib was,” he said. After Thanksgiving dinner, his son drove him to the hospital.

Robinson was then hooked up to an EKG, before being admitted. “I had a parade of doctors and interns and residents and nurses,” he said. “Half of them came in and said, ‘I want to see the guy who was saved by the Apple Watch’. I think I was a mini-celebrity in the hospital.”

There’s no way to categorically guarantee that the Apple Watch saved his life. “But it sure as hell helped,” he said. After reporting the story to Apple, Tim Cook even emailed him to check he was doing okay.

Cook has talked about how its mobile health push may be Apple’s lasting legacy in tech. Recently, a medical study involving more than 400,000 participants showed that the AFib tracking feature on the device is unlikely to render false positives.

In other words, if your Apple Watch says you should get your heart checked out, you probably should!

Source: ABC News