Apple Watch Credited With Saving a UK Dad from Heart Attack, Stroke

The Apple Watch alerted a user to an irregular heartbeat, preventing him from suffering a stroke or heart attack.
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The Apple Watch is being credited with saving a UK-based man's life after the watch detected an irregular heartbeat. 

According to media reports, the 30-year self-described fitness buff was alerted by the Apple Watch of the irregular heartbeat and urged him to seek medical attention.


Apple Watch reads irregular heartbeat of a fitness buff

When the individual, identified by The Sun as Chris Mint, alerted doctors to the readout from the Apple Watch they weren't too concerned but gave him an ECG test nonetheless. The doctors were surprised by the results and according to the report said he would have suffered a stroke or heart attack if the device didn't alert him to the potential atrial fibrillation. 

Those results prompted Mint to see a specialist who discovered two heart valves were leaking, requiring an operation to fix it. Mint's wife reportedly shared the story in an email to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, who said the story inspired the company to "keep pushing forward." 

Apple Watch has saved lives before 

This isn't the first time the Apple Watch was credited with saving a life.  In March of 2018  reports surfaced that the Apple Watch alerted a teenager in Tampa Bay, Florida after her resting heart rate jumped to 190 beats per minute. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors said her kidney was failing and had it not been for the quick intervention she may have died.

Earlier in September, during Apple's annual product rollout, the Cupertino, California iPhone maker announced the Apple Watch Series 5 which sells for $399 for a GPS version and $499 for a cellular-based model. The new Apple Watch is able to generate an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. The devices have electrodes built into the watch that works with the ECG app to read the user's heart rate. The ECG can indicate whether a user's heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation or sinus rhythms, which means the user's heart is beating in a normal pattern. 

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