Apple’s revolutionary Apple Watch can truly be a lifesaver

Touching the Apple Watch Series 4 Digital Crown completes the circuit and electrical signals across the heart are measured.
Touching the Apple Watch Series 4 Digital Crown completes the circuit and electrical signals across the heart are measured.

“Apple has a tendency to pitch its products and services as either industry-changing or even life-changing. That may well be true given how the iPhone helped revolutionize the way we use the internet,” Ben Sin writes for Forbes. “While Apple has had misses — such as the recently scrapped charging mat AirPower — it has no shortage of triumphs.”

“The Apple Watch falls squarely into that category,” Sin writes. “The U.S. tech giant has been promoting Apple Watch as a health-monitoring wearable for the past couple of years, and the Watch’s ability to detect irregular heart rates has made it a potentially lifesaving device.”

“Hong Kong resident Gaston D’Aquino, 77, can attest to that,” Sin writes. “About a year ago, D’Aquino was at church when his Watch buzzed, alerting him to an unusually high heartbeat. Though he felt fine, he went to the hospital anyway, where doctors immediately hooked him up to an electrocardiogram, or ECG, which confirmed the irregularity. Further tests revealed that D’Aquino’s coronary arteries were more than 90% blocked. He underwent an angioplasty and has since fully recovered.”

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  1. Interestingly enough, I was on a plane from Seattle yesterday and an elderly guy diagonally in front of me had some kind of cardiac issue. He was in distress but didn’t appear in any great danger. A couple passengers came up and began to help and basically took over the situation. They gave him oxygen, were monitoring his pulse constantly (hands-on for more than 40 minutes) and checking him with a stethoscope a few times. When one of the attendants was standing beside me I got her attention and mentioned that an Watch v4 could do an ECG as well as constant pulse monitoring. She was totally surprised this could be done but didn’t understand how if he didn’t have an Watch. I said, for example, I could put my watch on him, log into my watch and have the patient press the Crown to record the ECG info and the (presumably) medical people could just watch da watch and monitor his pulse. The attendant said, That’s amazing! We should have one on every plane!” I said, “Probably not a bad idea to have a designated Watch person on flights. Just sayin’, FWIW, next time…” 😉 Fortunately, we weren’t far from the destination and air control got the plane on priority lading. A med crew came on board, checked the guy and took him to a hospital.

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