Apple Watch saves Texas veterinarian’s life

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An Apple Watch has likely saved yet another life! Dr. Ray Emerson, a Waco veterinarian, says his Apple Watch detected a serious heart condition that is potentially fatal before he noticed any symptoms.

Bettie Cross for CBS Austin:

“The watch dinged me,” said Dr. Emerson. “I looked down and it said you are in atrial fibrillation.”

During atrial fibrillation or AFib the upper chambers of the heart are out of sync with the lower chambers. The quivering heartbeat can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure. “It told me I wasn’t feeling as good as I thought I was,” said Dr. Emerson.

The veterinarian immediately went to his doctor for an EKG. “Ray, he says, your watch is right. You are in atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Emerson.

The 79-year-old had surgery at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to correct the irregular rhythm. “It’s really important because it’s a leading cause of stroke,” said Dr. Jason Zagrodzky, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center. Dr. Zagrodzky says a stroke is often the first sign of AFib. “Most people don’t know there is something wrong with them,” said Dr. Zagrodzky.

Dr. Emerson says he’s sold, even though his Apple Watch was a gift. “I was too cheap to buy it myself,” said Dr. Emerson.

Ask him now, and he’ll tell you the wearable technology is priceless. “Oh yeah. This is my buddy,” laughed Dr. Emerson.

MacDailyNews Take: Another one saved!

39 Comments

      1. He didn’t say or imply he was an expert. He stated one general fact. Then he stated one particular to him.
        Unlike SOME around here, who think their personal experience is the center of and the truth of the universe.

            1. Still self-centered and smug, eh Citizen Xmug? 😏😒

              Humility is not a word in your dictionary or your life, not even an AFib issue is enough to teach you to be a better person. Sad. Smug to the end, it will be on your gravestone

        1. And really it applies to my comment. From the article:

          The 79-year-old had surgery at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to correct the irregular rhythm. “It’s really important because it’s a leading cause of stroke,” said Dr. Jason Zagrodzky, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center. Dr. Zagrodzky says a stroke is often the first sign of AFib. “Most people don’t know there is something wrong with them,” said Dr. Zagrodzky.

          I didn’t have to have surgery but the drugs didn’t work so they had to shock me through my esophagus like they did the first time.

        2. “Unlike SOME around here, who think their personal experience is the center of and the truth of the universe.”

          applecynic fits that description. Talk about intolerance for other people’s experiences and needs. Wow.

      2. Citizen “AFib” X is the expert, you dolt! He’s the expert on everything! If there’s something to know, shopkeeping manager and shoulder rubber of famous people Mr X knows it! He’s attended little league and raised children too, so he knows! He knows stuff no-one else knows, too. He knows when you’ve been naughty and he knows when you’ve been nice, too. If anyone knows, and is nosy, it is the noisy Mr X, galactic citizen! Forget google, Citizen X has supplanted Google in all things, he brings us… Xoogle! Citizen X knows who’s who in the zoo, and the top of the tree is where X marks the spot.

        1. My point exactly 🙂 no one should take away from this that “living with it” is a valid initial response. LOL

          Just because a person doesn’t KNOW about Afib doesn’t mean you can’t die from complications due to it. I mean I’m pretty sure our Mr. CitizenX didn’t just go to the doctor saying “Give me drugs and then, shock my heart through my esophagus… just for funs”. Those actions were precipitated from being alerted by the watch.

          Now, if those alerts had been ignored? We don’t know, he didn’t want to “live with it” 🙂

          1. Actually my watch didn’t have persistent notifications on. It took a week to have it “noticed” by the doctor.
            And, like I pointed out the article says nothing about saving his life. Only that it advised him that he had an erratic heartbeat and should see a doctor. Just like my watch did.
            So there is that.
            You can read… right?

            1. Right at the top of the story…

              “A smartwatch might have SAVED ANOTHER LIFE.“

              Why?

              “The wearable technology diagnosed his potentially FATAL problem before he noticed any symptoms.“

              ———————

              “I’m writing these words because the Apple Watch alerted me to a condition… the complications of which could have been fatal if gone untreated. BUT, it’s wrong to say it SAVED my life because the Apple Watch didn’t administer the drugs OR shock my heart, the DOCTOR did! All the watch did was alert me to something that could have killed me so I could take steps to avoid dying, is all. Besides, people live for years with this condition and are normally alerted by way of a stroke, so nature would have eventually notified me… umm, as long as the stroke didn’t happen on stairs or in traffic, I would have been FINE WITHOUT THE WATCH!” LOL

              Next, the watch will alert emergency services when you fall “The watch didn’t SAVE my life, it just contacted emergency services. If I wasn’t unconscious at the time, I could have called them, myself!”

              I don’t understand your logic, but I don’t have AFib either, so that’s two ways we’re different and I’m fine with that.

      1. The first time I had it 5 years ago, i got home from work feeling fine. 2 days later on Sunday I had to have my daughter take me to the emergency room because I was too weak to walk and just about every movement tired me out and made me out of breath.
        This time, my watched advised me that I was in AFib at 12:46 on the 7th. I had a surgery on my hand scheduled on the 8th but the doctor delayed it a week as I wasn’t prepared to change the scheduled time.
        I went a week with AFib unknowingly. On the 15th , I went in for the surgery and they canceled it because an EKG showed I was in AFib. I went home and went to my PCP. He prescribed Eliquis. On the 16th, i began to feel something was off. By the time Saturday rolled around I was again short of breath when I did anything and couldn’t walk 10 feet.
        I had a friend take me to the emergency room.
        My point is, that there are people that literally live with AFib on a continuing basis. People don’t die from AFib but it may cause a blood clot to cause a stroke or heart attack.
        The headline is hysterical. I am sorry your simple mind can’t wrap your head around reality.
        AFib is not fatal although it can lead to other issues which are.

      2. By the way. I actually got 5 notifications from the 5th to the 7th. The notification were not persistent and were happening in the middle of the night so I didn’t see them until I checked the health app and saw them.

    1. Yeah, and this was an exceptionally good example of it.

      “I hate the headline”
      “I hate you for hating the headline”
      “I hate you for hating me for hating the headline”
      “I hate you for hating the guy that hated the headline”
      “I hate you for hating the guy that hated the guy for hating the headline”

      The internet was invented to streamline the delivery of hatred 🙂

          1. Efffw you, X

            Citizen “AFib” X is the expert, you dolt! He’s the expert on everything! If there’s something to know, shopkeeping manager and shoulder rubber of famous people Mr X knows it! He’s attended little league and raised children too, so he knows!

            He knows stuff no-one else knows, too. He knows when you’ve been naughty and he knows when you’ve been nice, too. If anyone knows, and is nosy, it is the noisy Mr X, galactic citizen!

            Forget google, Citizen X has supplanted Google in all things, he brings us… Xoogle!

            Citizen X knows who’s who in the zoo, and the top of the tree is where X marks the spot

  1. I’m not familiar with all of the capabilities of the different models of the Apple Watch. Could you tell me which series of the watches will provide these notifications and which applications will provide this data to the wearer? I’m referring to the notifications in the above article.

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