Apple Watch was basically placed as a fashion accessory – largely thanks to Jony Ive – but it soon became apparent that the training features and health monitoring features were really attracting users to the device.
Over time, Apple has done an impressive job of throwing out the device's health-oriented features, and of course culminated in the release of the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 last year. Shortly after the ECG app went live, we discovered a large number of incredible stories that involved the app notifying users of potentially life-threatening conditions.
The latest example includes the Apple Watch heart rate monitor and comes to us from England. Originally reported by The Telegraph Paul Hutton of Essex received a series of alerts from his Apple Watch indicating that his heart rate was abnormally low.
Even after adjusting his diet after consulting with his GP, heart rate alerts continued to come in. Hutton eventually saw a specialist who diagnosed him with some form of irregular heartbeat, called a ventricular bigeminy. Hutton subsequently underwent surgery to cope with the condition.
Hutton's story, referred to above, is far from unique. In fact, there have been so many examples of Apple Watch that save lives that it has become difficult to keep track of.
It is also worth mentioning that Apple Watch has helped save lives in other ways. Earlier this year, for example, the fall detection feature was introduced on Apple Watch Series 4, helping to save a 67-year-old man's life when it automatically contacted rescue personnel after the man had a severe fall and was beaten unconscious .
More recently, an Apple Watch user in the Chicago Emergency SOS feature used to call for help after Jet Ski turned around and didn't let him swim to shore. Thanks to the Emergency SOS feature, the local authorities could save him by boat just minutes later.