We've heard several stories so far about Apple Watch's ECG functionality that saves people's lives. Now, an Apple Watch user in Washington has credited his Apple Watch with notifying him that his atrial fibrillation had returned.
According to the Local News Release KIRO Cardiologist Dr. Phil Massey of Pacific Medical Centers had a patient in the hospital after his Apple Watch showed he had an irregular heartbeat.
The patient had been treated for atrial fibrillation in the past, but A-fib may be intermittent. According to Massey, the patient had been out of blood tanker medication and did not realize that his atrial fibrillation was back to his Apple Watch alerted him.
"He had been out of blood thinner and he didn't know it had come back, said Dr. Massey." And when you have AF, it can be intermittent so he could get into the office and be in normal rhythm. But then he could show me the tracking on his watch and show me that it had come back. And then we got him on a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, so that's a big deal. »
At the same time, a cardiac nurse at Pacific Medical Centers stated that she was" very skeptical "that the Apple Watch ECG readings would be useful for this case.
"I was very skeptical that this would provide a clear trace for our patients because I read the ECG all day every day." But she is a believer now.
Still, Dr. Massey says he is excited to see what other heart rhythm problems can be detected outside of a doctor's office. "I'm hoping that other heartbeat problems will be discovered in the future outside the doctor's office," he said. "
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