The Apple Watch can be a lifesaver, literally. There have been numerous reports of Apple's wearable alerting users to dangerous health conditions or allowing them to contact first responders during emergencies.
We previously covered seven times an Apple Watch helped save someone's life. But those weren't just isolated incidents, and reports of the device's lifesaving capabilities keep rolling in. Because of that, continue reading to learn about seven more times someone credited an Apple Watch with helping to save their life.
7 Ed Dentel
Apple recently debuted its latest flagship wearable with a groundbreaking new feature: the first consumer-facing electrocardiogram (ECG) available without a prescription.
That feature allows users to take an on-the-spot ECG with their Apple Watch Series 4 devices — which can alert users to certain cardiac conditions. And that’s just what 46-year-old Ed Dentel, from Richmond, Virginia, did when he downloaded the latest update.
At first, Dentel thought it was a glitch. But after multiple atrial fibrillation detections, he rushed to urgent care where doctors confirmed the Apple Watch’s diagnosis. Interestingly, the Watch ECG was able to catch Dentel’s atrial fibrillation when another ECG didn’t.
6 Heather Hendershot
While the Apple Watch can alert users to dangerous cardiac-related conditions, it may be useful in detecting other critical health issues as well.
Kansas woman Heather Hendershot, 25, credited the Apple Watch with saving her life back in April 2018. When the woman's Apple Watch alerted her one night of an elevated heart rate, Hendershot went to the emergency room.
Doctors there discovered that she had hyperthyroidism — which can potentially lead to a fatal condition called thyroid storm if left untreated. More amazingly, that Apple Watch alert was Henderson’s first indication that there was something wrong, since she had reported no prior symptoms.
5 Adam Love
The Apple Watch can send a notification to users if it detects a dangerous acute condition. But it may also be able to help users spot previously unknown health issues.
Adam Love, a 24-year-old Australian man, went to the doctor when he noticed that his heart rate while sleeping — recorded by his Watch — was unusually high. When he went to the doctors, he discovered that he literally had a hole in his heart.
Love was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect, a rare congenital heart condition. Luckily, Love was able to undergo successful heart surgery and is reportedly on the road to recovery.
4 Gaston D’Aquino
An Apple Watch alert can save your life, but only if you heed its warning. That’s a lesson that Hong Kong resident Gaston D’Aquino, 76, wants to raise awareness about.
D’Aquino was at mass on Easter Sunday 2018 when his Apple Watch alerted him to a spike in his heart rate. Having read stories about the device’s lifesaving capabilities, he skipped Eastern lunch with his family and went straight to the doctor.
After a series of extensive tests, doctors found that, out of three coronary arteries, two of his were completely blocked and the other was 90 percent blocked. D’Aquino underwent an angioplasty and said he was feeling much better as of May 2018.
3 Chuck La Tournous
Normally, tech journalists would simply cover the Apple Watch’s lifesaving abilities. But MacWorld contributor Chuck La Tournous said he experienced them firsthand.
La Tournous said that, in May 2016, his Apple Watch alerted him to multiple blood clots affecting arteries in his heart and lungs. He heeded his Apple Watch’s warning and sought medical attention — later stating in a piece for MacWorld that his particular story had a “very happy ending.”
In that same piece, La Tournous also went on to write about how the Apple Watch is continuing to enrich his life, specifically by helping him conquer diabetes with its health- and fitness-focused features.
2 John Arias
Some people don’t buy Apple Watches for their health or fitness capabilities. John Arias, 24, told local media that he only picked one up because he had already “Apple everything else.”
But Arias may have another reason to like Apple. Last year, the Texas man said his Apple Watch alerted him to an irregular heart rate. Those alerts kept coming for about two weeks. And when he started getting chest pain, he went to the emergency room.
There, doctors found that he had premature ventricular contractions. It’s a relatively common condition that anyone can get occasionally, but can develop into something much more serious if experienced frequently.
1 Gustavo Rodriguez
When it comes to helping save lives, the Apple Watch’s heart monitor receives much of the attention. But new Apple Watches may also have another potentially life-saving feature.
Swedish man Gustavo Rodriguez says his Apple Watch’s fall detection worked perfectly when he was suddenly hit with crippling back pain while cooking. With the stove on and his phone in the other room, Rodriguez turned to his wearable to call for help.
But while fall detection and automatic calling were there if he needed it, Rodriguez ended up using his Apple Watch to call his nearby mother-in-law — who arrived to turn off the stove and contact emergency services.
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