Son's Apple Watch Series 8 ECG saves mom from heart disease

Son’s Apple Watch Series 8 ECG saves mom from heart disease

Within days of the Apple Watch Series 8 reaching customers, 9to5Mac reader Jason Smith saw the value of its health characteristics firsthand. Medical officials credit Jason’s Apple Watch Series 8 for detecting an invisible heart condition in his mother that could have been fatal if not caught early.

No suspicion of AFib

“My parents were going away for the weekend in Chester (UK) when I got a call from my dad to say that my mum wasn’t feeling well at all,” Jason tells us. “He said she felt very dizzy and like her heart was racing – I told them to stop and I’d be with them as soon as possible.”

When Jason arrived at his parents, everything seemed under control despite the episode.

“On arrival we took his blood pressure and assessed his general condition, which was relatively normal considering what had happened,” says Jason. His mother told him that he was feeling much better and not to worry.

Apple Watch ECG

Then Jason wisely thought to use his new Apple Watch Series 8 at this time.

Except for Apple’s SE models, the Apple Watch Series 4 and later versions have a built-in electrocardiogram that allows users to measure the time and strength of the electrical signals that make the heart beat. This can be crucial in identifying AFib, or atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm that can be fatal when left undetected.

“Then I took my Apple Watch Series 8 and put it on her wrist to perform an EKG. This is when the Watch alerted us to say it detected atrial fibrillation and to seek medical attention immediately,” continues Jason. “I went on to do three more ECGs to rule out any false positives, but each one reported AFib with a resting heart rate above 160 bpm.”

Life saving treatment

Convinced by the clock, Jason and his parents went to the nearest emergency room, where medical officials confirmed that his mother was suffering from AFib. There his mother was told that immediate treatment was needed.

What could have been a life-changing weekend was averted thanks to the Apple Watch. Jason says his mom got back on track after the watch detected her heart condition.

“I’m happy to report that after a hospital stay and a number of different prescribed medications that he has to take for the rest of his life, he’s doing absolutely fine,” Jason tells us. “The NHS specialists who looked after her said that if it hadn’t been for the Apple Watch, there’s a good chance she wouldn’t have made it through the rest of the day.”

Jason tells us it’s safe to say his mom will be getting her own Apple Watch after what he did for her. We’re all happy to hear that Jason’s mom is happy and healthy thanks to what the Apple Watch has made accessible to so many.

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