Apple Watch Alerts Man about Dangerous Heart Condition, Saves His Life

Apple Watch Alerts Man about Dangerous Heart Condition, Saves His Life

According to a recent BBC report, this is the most recent incident of someone receiving a warning from their Apple Watch about a possibly fatal cardiac illness. A 36-year-old Bedfordshire resident named Adam Croft described the incident, saying, “It’s not a feature I’d ever expected to use.”

In the interview, Croft claimed that one night, he simply went to bed with dizziness and other concerning symptoms:

At first, Croft claimed, he had “felt a bit dizzy” when he got up from the couch one evening, but when he went to the kitchen to grab himself some water, he “immediately felt the world just closing in.”

“I managed to get on the floor and just ended up in a pool of cold sweat. Being a man I just thought not much of it and took myself up to bed,” the patient went on to say.

But when Croft awoke the next morning, he discovered notifications on his Apple Watch informing him that it had discovered atrial fibrillation.

Emergency services advised him to “go to the hospital within the hour” after he had phoned them.

Croft was in atrial fibrillation, according to subsequent tests performed at Bedford Hospital.

Croft claimed he probably would not have visited the hospital if it weren’t for the alarm from his Apple Watch.

Apparently, he had experienced “small flutterings” of the heart in the past that his watch had missed, but these hadn’t occurred in months. Additionally, he had “never had any pain or symptoms that I believed were significant”.

If the watch hadn’t alerted him, he said, he would not have phoned the NHS 111 service, where patients may seek guidance regarding symptoms and treatments.

“I had no reason to. I just felt a bit light headed… I’d been feeling a bit rough so thought that I might be coming down with something.”

Doctors started Croft on blood thinners after tests confirmed that he had atrial fibrillation. A treatment known as cardioversion will now be performed on him, which will utilize “quick, low-energy shocks to reestablish a normal cardiac rhythm.”

All that being said, the man concluded that “The watch will be staying on now.”

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