The incident is supposed to have happened in an American restaurant, where apparently a doctor used his Apple Watch Series 4 to detect AFib (Atrial Fi) and save a man’s life.
This is probably a first in medical history.
What is atrial fibrillation, or AFib?
In layman terms, this is an irregular, or rapid heart rate that is said to increase one’s risk of having a stroke, heart failure, or other – often fatal – heart-related issues.
According to the Apple Watch feature, an automatic warning would be sent to the user if and when the watch would be able to detect such an irregular heart rate.
Tommy Korn, the doctor who saved the man’s life, even went ahead and tweeted about the entire experience.
As a physician, it’s much faster to put my #applewatch4 on someone else’s wrist to detect ❤️ disease (A. fib) than finding a ECG machine at a public restaurant! 😀 (Indeed, a true #mhealth guardian) pic.twitter.com/JLVD4JUYI9— Tommy Korn MD (@TommyKornMD) June 21, 2019
While it’s a good thing that Korn had presence of mind and acted fast on the incident, we’ve got to give it to the smartwatch for being one step ahead and sending out the warning when it did.
Technology does, after all, have its own advantages – and in this case was even a boon – however, while investing in a reliable smartwatch may not be such a bad idea; visiting a doctor regularly wouldn’t kill you either.