Apple Watch helps save Oklahoma teen’s life

An Oklahoma teen is crediting his Apple Watch for saving his life after the device notified him of his abnormally rapid heart rate.

Apple Watch saves life - Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.1.2 sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm such as AFib, is identified.
Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.1.2 or later sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm such as AFib, is identified.

Skylar Joslin looks like a normal teenager, but he is fighting a rare battle. “I got a text message along with a screenshot of his heart rate and it was 190. The following message saying, ‘Mommy there’s something wrong. I’m not doing anything,’” Liz Joslin, Skylar’s mother, said. Skylar was in class when he got a notification on his Apple Watch and immediately knew something was wrong. “I was kind of worried about it because I didn’t realize it and it was saying something was wrong with my heart,” he said…

Skylar was diagnosed with a condition called supraventricular tachycardia. It causes a rapid heartbeat that weakens the heart over time. He underwent nearly eight hours of surgery to fix his heart’s rhythm. Skylar is back on the [football] field with a device that monitors his heart. He also wears his Apple Watch every day and tells others about how the device saved his life. “My science teacher… she got one because of it,” he said.

MacDailyNews Take: There have already been many, there will be many, many more; another one saved, thanks to Apple Watch!


    1. Because I’m an A-class a-hole, I’m cynical about these stories. Fake news. Buy a Samsung watch and you won’t be bothered with fake health notifications. Yes, I’m the real one, the real applecynic.

  1. The title is a little misleading. Svt is not a life threatening ailment. My daughter has it. Believe it or not, you can stop or prevent these symptoms by either blowing through a straw or standing on your head. I know that sounds like some anti vaxxer bullshit but it’s the absolute truth.

    1. That’s a little misleading. It actually can be life-threatening. The vagal maneuvers you suggest can be effective in some cases, but not all. Some are self-limiting and asymptomatic, while others lead to heart attack, brain damage, and death. Some require emergent medical attention including advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and as the article suggests, some require intervention to prevent recurrence. Each case should be evaluated by a cardiologist to determine the appropriate level of care.

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