After a slight delay Apple finally released its long-awaited ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4. As the name suggests, the new app gives users a relatively convenient way of taking an electrocardiogram on the wrist. and in turn keep up to date with irregular heartbeats that may require a visit to the doctor.
Not a day since the release, the new ECG app has already helped an Apple Watch user avoid a potentially serious healthcare event. In a post published on Apple Watch underlined earlier today, an Apple Watch wears up the ECG app out of sheer curiosity. The app then announced that he had signs of atrial fibrillation, ie the heartbeat was irregular. Assuming that it was a mistake, he ran the app again and looked again at his wife to make sure there were no false positives registered. In the end, he decided to seek medical attention.
The position is partial:
They ask what's wrong and I'm embarrassed. "Okay, that's a new clock feature …. .hahaha …. I'm stupid, but can we check this?"
I did not know that this comment was a quick pass for Patient First. I'm taken straight back and hooked up. The technician looks on the screen and says "I'll get the doctor"
The doctor comes in, looks at the screen, looks at me and says "You should buy Apple stock." This probably saved you. "I read about this last night and thought we would see an upturn this week. I do not expect it first tomorrow. "
After further tests confirmed that something was wrong, redditor planned an appointment to see a cardiologist and was later given blood pressure medication and will receive some follow-up visits at a specialist.
While some cardiologists are cautious about the new app, assuming it may lead to a deluge of false positives and otherwise healthy patients coming to the emergency room, the story above illustrates that Apple Watch is far more than just one common ole smart clock. As we have seen several times over the last few years, it can be very well used to save lives.