Other than telling you the time and giving you notifications, the Apple Watch is best-known for all of its health-focused features.
Which is why we’ve seen a lot of incredible stories about the Apple Watch saving people’s lives. Its fall detection feature helped a 67-year-old man back in 2019. It also helped a teenager detect a kidney failure back in 2018.
Now, another headline about the Apple Watch’s health marvels have been told. Apparently, the wearable helped a doctor from California identify a heart condition.
The Apple Watch really can’t identify a specific illness. However, it does help users identify any irregularities to their bodies, prompting them to reach for a real doctor for a diagnosis.
This time, it’s an actual doctor that was diagnosed. 66-year-old Dr. Donald W Milne, an anesthesiologist at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, wrote his story to 9to5mac and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
As per Milne, he felt a shortness of breath while working out on an elliptical trainer. He then noticed an ST depression on the Apple Watch’s echocardiogram reading. It’s an abnormal heart pattern and only an ECG sensor can detect — a feature that’s been present to the Apple Watch since the series 4 version that came out in 2018.
This led to Dr. Milne checking up with his primary care physician, which endorsed him to a cardiologist, and is now scheduled for a 5 vessel bypass and aortic valve replacement.
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The Apple Watch ECG app helps detect signs of atrial fibrillation, which leads in the detection of other possible illnesses, especially with heart-related problems or risk of stroke.
Other than the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Withings Move ECG also has these features.