Apple Heart rate alerts saved her life, according to one woman

Apple Heart rate alerts saved her life, according to one woman

Yolie De Leon of Arizona was set to go for a stroll when she received an alarm on her Apple Watch in June.

The Apple Watch has a track record of supporting users in potentially life-threatening circumstances, with the gadget recently being credited for alerting a 70-year-old user to a dangerous cardiac problem.

Highlights

  • Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an abnormal heart rhythm marked by fast beats that can lead to heart failure or stroke.

  • De Leon stated, “It claimed my heart rate was at 174.” “It read, ‘You have AFib,’ and ‘Call your doctor right away.’”

Although the storey does not identify De Leon’s Apple Watch model, Apple’s wearable has promoted AFib detection since 2018. Watch receives and analyses data from its optical heart rate sensor on a regular basis, allowing it to construct a wide picture of a wearer’s heart health. When anomalies are found, such as higher than normal heart rates or odd rhythms, users are notified.

The diagnosis reported by De Leon’s Apple Watch was verified by doctors at a local hospital.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an abnormal heart rhythm marked by fast beats that can lead to heart failure or stroke.

The diagnosis reported by De Leon’s Apple Watch was verified by doctors at a local hospital.

Although the storey does not identify De Leon’s Apple Watch model, Apple’s wearable has promoted AFib detection since 2018. Watch receives and analyses data from its optical heart rate sensor on a regular basis, allowing it to construct a wide picture of a wearer’s heart health. When anomalies are found, such as higher than normal heart rates or odd rhythms, users are notified. Apple Watch added to its quiver of heart health functions with ECG capabilities in Apple Watch Series 4, allowing it and later models to deliver more accurate heart rate readings. Last year, Apple Watch Series 6 launched with an optical blood oxygen sensor that provides valuable insight into saturation levels and could help detect conditions like sleep apnea.

Another Watch feature, fall detection, recently made headlines for potentially saving the lives of two users who took hard falls. Earlier this month, the feature automatically called authorities after being triggered in a car accident involving a Missouri sheriff’s deputy. Apple is rumored to introduce non-invasive blood glucose monitoring with a next-generation Watch model, a technology widely viewed as a “holy grail” of modern medical science. The company reportedly has a team dedicated to the project and filed for a number of patents related to the function, though it remains unclear if the technology is ripe for public release.