Apple watch ends up saving the life of a 25-year-old by detecting irregularity

With the increase in high-performing devices and modern lifestyles, our dependence on technology has increased major fold. The current pandemic has shown us just how much exactly we are inclined towards health care devices. As such, fitness trackers and active health monitoring devices have become an inseparable part of our lives.

When it comes to heart monitoring features, Apple Watches take the lead. We have seen many reports of its feature being praised by its users. Now the heart monitoring feature of the device is being credited even further with alerting a user to an undiagnosed condition. According to sources, a 25-year-old Zachary Zies was notified by his watch of a high resting heart rate at 210 beats per minute.

As per reports, Zies is a recent graduate from Ohio State University and has battled Friedreich’s ataxia for most of his life. He has been in a wheelchair since middle school. For the unknown, Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare genetic disease that can cause difficulties walking and affect speech and sensation in the arms and legs. According to him, his Apple Watch alerted him to a high resting heart rate of 210 beats per minute.

It turns out that Zies required an atrial ablation to correct the atrial flutter. He said that “The Apple Watch was pretty much telling me something is up, and you need to go in and get help to see what’s actually wrong.” After following the procedure, his heart rate is back to normal, and he says he’s at about 90% recovery.

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Apple Watch has a unique feature that allows its users to set a “High Heart Rate” notification threshold. If done so then, Apple Watch will send a push notification when it detects a heart rate above that threshold during a period of 10 minutes of inactivity. However, this is isn’t the first time Apple watches have been credited for detecting abnormal heart conditions. But nonetheless, if the watches end up saving lives, then that’s all it matters.



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