In another incident highlighting how useful the Apple Watch was, an Indian man’s life was saved by the electrocardiograph (ECG) function. The ECG on the Apple Watch began alerting an Indore-based man about his irregular heartbeat patterns and helped doctors diagnose the disorder before the condition could get worse.
According to the Hindustan Times, R. Rajhans is a 61-year-old man living in Indore. His son Siddharth Rajhans gave him an Apple Watch Series 5 and has been using it since early 2020. Siddharth works in Silicon Valley, including his stint at Apple. He has also worked as an iOS and watchOS developer. R. Rajhans, on the other hand, is a retired pharmaceutical professional.
Rajhans is said to be a fit and healthy person, showing no symptoms of any heart related ailments. Although he suffers from hypertension, which is common for a person of his age. Due to reduced physical activity during the pandemic-induced lockdown, he was unable to get out. Nor has he been able to visit his doctor in recent months to have a check-up. She visited her doctor last March.
Later, in March and April, his Apple Watch started warning Rajhans about irregular heartbeats. In addition to normal daylight hours, these irregular patterns appeared on Apple Watch logs when Rajhans was sleeping. The condition of having irregular heartbeats is called arrhythmia. Sometimes, his resting heart rate would be abnormally high, as is the case with tachycardia.
His heart rate was tracked by the Apple Watch Series 5 and all data would be stored in the Health app. In several cases, the family consulted a cardiologist and showed him Rajhans’ health data. ECG data can be exported to a PDF file, allowing the doctor to better understand the health.
The cardiologist diagnosed R. Rajhans with mitral regurgitation due to a valve failure. This condition is one of the main reasons behind cardiac arrests, which was successfully diverted with early diagnosis. Rajhans underwent open heart surgery on July 9, where the valve was replaced with an artificial bioprosthetic valve. Rajhans is now recovering.
Moved by what the Apple Watch did for his father, Siddharth wrote to Craig Federighi, Apple’s software engineering SVP to thank him. Federighi replied and asked him to write to Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell him. Siddharth wrote to Cook and Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Politics and Social Initiatives. Interestingly, Siddharth already worked with Jackson during his time at Apple.
Hi Tim and Lisa, I want to congratulate you on the new one iPhone 12 line up and the event. It was truly fantastic! It has been a pleasure to have been associated with Apple over the years in a variety of ways and have always enjoyed meeting Tim at WWDC 2016 in person. I wanted to share that my father, Mr. R. Rajhans recently underwent open heart surgery. He had mitral regurgitation or mitral valve failure that was detected in time, thanks to the Apple Watch’s ECG feature. It would have been nearly impossible to do this during the ongoing pandemic and the ECG was instrumental in determining the A-Fib and arrhythmia in her case, which led to further diagnoses. So, thank you for everything you do!
To his email, Tim Cook responded in a letter thanking him:
Siddharth, thank you for sharing this. I am happy to note that your father received medical attention on time and I hope he is feeling better now. Our team will get in touch with you. Tim “.
Siddharth now aims to make a contribution to this feature so that it can impact more users. He said: “I am developing an app for the Apple Watch that brings ECG, oximeter and pedometer on the same interface. Federighi praised this idea, as it brings the power of the treadmill (TMT) to the Apple Watch. I would do it soon for free as a gesture of goodwill. “
A man from Indore saved himself from potential cardiac arrest thanks to the ECG function of the Apple Watch Series 5.
- An Apple Watch Series 5 saved a man’s life in India.
- The ECG function recorded irregular patterns of the human heartbeat.
- Tim Cook responded to the thank you note written by the son of man.