We reported last week about one of the first Apple Watch users who was surprised to find that he had atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) after using the new ECG app. Now the same 46-year-old was featured on ABC's Good Morning America, and shared more details about how Apple Watch potentially saved its life.
Interestingly, Ed Dentel had some chest pain earlier this year, but had normal results after an electrocardiogram. If it were not for his Apple Watch and the warnings from his readings last week, he probably had no idea of his heart disease.
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Dentel shared a brief summary of his experience with the ECG app on Apple Watch last week. He initially thought that it was to pronounce false positives for the A-fib heart condition. Here's how Apple describes atrial fibrillation in Health and ECG apps:
An AFib result means the heart strikes an irregular pattern between 50 and 120 BPM. AFib is the most common form of severe arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeat. If you receive an AFib classification and you have not been diagnosed with AFib, talk to your doctor.
In the Good Morning America segment, Dentel shared more about his experience.
"The application for the launch was immediately triggered by atrial fibrillation – not something I've ever heard of, but since I'm in pretty decent health and never had a problem before, I did not do much about it. I realized something was glitchy so I put everything down for the night, "Dentel told ABC News.
The next day he tried again …
Friday morning, over breakfast with his 7 year old daughter, he put his watch on. 19659002] "Immediately: AFib. So I closed everything down and turned it over again and tried it again. Same result, same result, same result, "he said. He asked her wife to try. Her return came normally." Two times. "I put it on my left wrist, on top, AFib. I put it on the left wrist, on the bottom, AFib. I switch to the right wrist. Same thing. Then he begins to get a little worried here. "
He decided to see a doctor, but almost did not follow because his local clinic was busy.
Dentel drove to a nearby emergency center. The parking lot was full, the wait was crowded, so he almost left, he said.
"I thought," This is stupid. I have meetings, I have things to do. I do not have time to sit here waiting, "he reminded." But I looked down and checked the clock again, and it says "AFIB." "
Fortunately, he waited and had an electrocardiogram driven by The clinic, who may have saved his life.
Checking Dentel said he felt like a hypocondriere who explained that his bell said something was wrong, but he was quickly given an ECG by a technician who called a doctor, who said, "Yup, you are in AFib. This thing can only save your life. "
The most powerful part about Dentel's experience was that he had an electrocardiogram back with normal results earlier this year after handling some chest pain. He probably had no idea of having A-Fib without Apple Watch ECG- app.
"I was dealing with a case of atrial fibrillation that I never knew I probably would not have known anytime soon," said Dentel. In fact, earlier this year, he had chest pain and was diagnosed with heartburn after an ECG gave normal results. "As early as spring or early summer, everything was perfect and perfect. Sometimes after that … it kicked off. "
This seems to talk to how accurate Apple Watch ECG can be for users, even though it acts as a single-conductive electrocardiogram.
Check out the entire Good Morning America segment here
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