ECG sensor on the Apple Watch Series 4 has already saved a life

ECG sensor on the Apple Watch Series 4 has already saved a life
Last week, the update to watchOS 5.1.2 allowed Apple Watch Series 4 users to start using the electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that comes with the device. This test looks for abnormal heart beats, and like the heart rate monitor on the device, the ECG feature is expected to be a useful tool for wearers. As we've noted numerous times over the last few years, the heart rate monitor has saved several lives.

As it turns out, even though the ECG sensor on the Series 4 version of the smartwatch has just been made available, it has already saved at least one life. According to a Reddit user (via Apple Insider) who had just enabled the ECG sensor on his Series 4 Apple Watch, he received an abnormal heart rate notification. So he used the ECG sensor and it showed that he was experiencing atrial fibrillation (afib). He tested himself several times, and each time the result was the same.

After driving to the hospital, he walked into the ER and said, "Ok so there is a new watch feature....hahaha....I’m silly but can we check this?" And when a technician checked his heart on a monitor, he was alarmed enough to get a doctor to come right away. After an examination, the doc tells him, "You should buy Apple stock. This probably saved you. I read about this last night and thought we would see an upswing this week. I didn’t expect it first thing this morning."

The doctor sent the gentleman to a cardiologist who confirmed the afib diagnosis and sent him home with a prescription. It is just the latest story about a life that was saved by the Apple Watch.

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31 Comments

1. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

*yawn* Android watches have already done this. Glad this man was able to discover the problem but Apple is so late to EKG.

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Which android watch has an ECG sensor?

29. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The OG moto 360 has done heart rate way before the Apple Watch was even a thing, all Apple does is make you use your finger to do it, which Samsung phones have also done since the S5.

31. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Do you even know the difference between a heart rate senor and ECG sensor? Just stop making a fool of yourself.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2249; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You just want attention. No other wearable but AW4 has ECG monitoring.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a 3rd party app, or strap...please tell me which android or Tizen watch has that feature. Just give Apple credit where it's due bro, the series 4 is awesome, and the ECG feature just makes it that much better.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Man, I need to get me one of these. I’m not an invincible 20-something anymore, and I feel it more each day.

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

iMan, you're that old and you still iTroll here everyday?? Oh, what an iLife....

15. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Your reply was unnecessary and juvenile. Basically you are what you described him to be.

17. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Here comes another iTroll to the iRescue lol "Your reply was unnecessary and juvenile." Says the iGuy who associates with the iTroll crew aka Midan, umaru-chan, Nate Diaz Lover, Marvshasfallen aka Peaceladyboy, Pyiath, Rouyal, Whatev'i, and Leo da 'No display' iMultitasking MC. Enough said.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What’s your excuse?

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2249; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Game changing!

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've given myself 3 so far, and thankfully all 3 were normal. Afib is silent, dangerous, and I'm glad dude is cool. Health is wealth.

13. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good post Darkk. Me, I guess I'm an old school watch kind of guy. Physical: dial, hands, mechanical/quartz movement etc. I don't really have any desire for a smart watch. However, reading a story like this makes me want to own an Apple watch!...

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I used to be in love with those Nike sports watches in the early 2000’s, so these smart watches were the next logical step for me. I still have my old Shark sports watch, made by Freestyle. It looks a lot like the Galaxy Watch. Give an Apple Watch a try, now Apple has to give you 45 days to return it, so the ball is in your court bro. I love my Series 4, it’s the one Apple product I refuse to part with.

19. maherk

Posts: 6957; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Every reasonable tech fan knows that this is the best smartwatch on the planet, and only fanboys would argue this fact.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me bro, out of all the smart watches I’ve tried...it is. It doesn’t have the most features, and it has two areas that really annoy me (1. After you finish a workout, the log is saved only to the phone and 2. You can’t go into a persons text folder, and erase individual messages, either keep em all or erase em all). Outside of those two minor annoyances, it’s the best smart watch I’ve owned, mostly due to how consistently well it works. It never lags, never needs a reboot, never gets random or consistent battery drain, just spot in performance. One thing I’d like to see added, is a 4th ring, for steps. That would be cool seeing your steps ring close, as you close in on your goal. Apple did a fantastic job with the Series 4, makes no sense to even try to hate on it.

11. lovemac209

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

so now lots of aw4 users going to ER ..and they say my aw4 tells me....

12. gamehead unregistered

Nice.

16. Truthalltime

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 08, 2018

you can literally live for years with atrial fibrillation. the usefulness of the ecg features is really questionable because it is a single lead and you can't really diagnose the important stuff. what this one lead reads is also highly dependant on which arm you wear it on. Lastly, in hospitals we use the ecg to diagnose only a few rare conditions (a fib being the only common condition), most of the time it is used as a real time monitor for critical patients. It's a nice gimmick though.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s why you send a PDF, or go to you Dr. We know it’s not perfect, but it’s better to have, than to not have. It’s not a gimmick at all.

21. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Apple watch is causing attrial fibrillation? Or maybe that isheep already have those free falling Apple stocks.

22. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeah i love my apple watch. it works way better than the samsung gear and the seamless connectivity is pure joy.

23. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeah i love my apple watch. it works way better than the samsung gear and the seamless connectivity is pure joy.

24. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"After an examination, the doc tells him, "You should buy Apple stock." " Sure, that sound totally legit.

25. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

I think this is great and don’t see anything negative about possibly discovering a potentially life threatening condition by using a device and ecosystem that most of the population uses.

30. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

If you find that you do have a heart condition and your Apple watch didn't pick it up, can you sue Apple? (or at least try)

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