This son discovered signs of a heart attack in his mother with the Apple Watch Series 8 and saved her life.
At the Apple event, Apple Watch Series 8 was introduced as a device that can monitor health and protect users from an underlying problem by sending an alert, saving the user’s life. Amazingly, just days after it went on sale it has already saved a life! Yes, Apple Watch 8 has already proven its effectiveness when it comes to saving human lives. While saving lives isn’t new to the Apple Watch, it recently saved a drowning cyclist by sending alerts to authorities and emergency contacts. And now it has saved a woman’s life by detecting signs of atrial fibrillation and potentially protecting her from having a fatal heart attack. Read on to learn how Apple Watch 8 accomplished this feat.
Apple Watch Series 8 helps a son save his mother’s life
The incident was reported by 9to5Mac. Jason Smith’s parents were planning a trip to Chester in the UK. However, days before their trip, Jason got a call from his father. During the phone call, his father explained frantically that Jason’s mother had fallen ill. “He said she felt very dizzy and like her heart was pounding – I told them to stop and I would be with them as soon as possible,” Jason told 9to5Mac.
But surprisingly, by the time Jason reached his parents’ house, Jason looked fine and the situation seemed under control. The first thing Jason did was check his mother’s blood pressure. He then assessed her general well-being. Both looked normal. Even his mother told him she felt much better. But Jason was skeptical.
As a precaution, he gave his mother his Apple Watch Series 8 to monitor her heart condition. The Apple Watch has been equipped with an ECG monitor since the Apple Watch 4. This measures both the heart rate and the strength of electrical signals from the heartbeats.
“I then grabbed my Apple Watch Series 8 and placed it on her wrist to take an EKG. This is when the Watch warned us to say that it had detected atrial fibrillation and that we should seek immediate medical attention. I took three more EKGs to rule out false positives, but each reported AFib with a resting heart rate over 160 beats per minute,” Jason told 9to5Mac.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often very fast heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots in the heart. And when they rushed her to the doctors, they found out too. But after a hospital stay and getting a lifelong prescription for drugs, she was all right and ready to go home. The doctors also revealed to Jason that if she hadn’t been brought in on time, she probably wouldn’t have made it through the day.