Tim Cook Tweets Story of User's Apple Watch Detecting Atrial Fibrillation

Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared a story on Twitter of an Apple Watch that alerted its user to atrial fibrillation, potentially saving their life in the process.


Elissa Lombardo tweeted Cook with her husband's experience with Apple Watch that occurred just two days after he started wearing the device.

The smartwatch's ECG feature detected the case of A-Fib during an elevated heart rate, which led her husband to seek medical attention.

Medical professionals apparently discovered a "major blockage" in his arteries but were able to correct the problem, and two days later he was feeling fine again.

According to Lombardo, her husband presented with similar symptoms in the past, but on those occasions he never visited the emergency room to get them checked out.


This isn't the first time an Apple Watch has potentially saved someone's life. When the ECG feature launched in December in the U.S., TIME published a story about a 46-year-old Texas resident who was having trouble breathing normally.

Fortunately, since he was wearing an Apple Watch and participating in the recent Apple Heart Study, he was alerted to signs of an irregular heartbeat and went to the emergency room.

At the hospital, doctors hooked him up to an ECG machine and found signs of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other potentially fatal complications. He spent the next few days in the hospital while doctors returned him to a normal sinus heart rhythm.

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22 weeks ago
Meanwhile in the UK people are writing Tim on how they are dead and how the feature could have saved their lives.
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22 weeks ago

Apparently you guys have healthy hearts with the mediterranean diets so will probably last in the queue ;):D

Alas, that used to be true…

;)

Leading ten fast food chains in Italy as of December 2018 ('https://www.statista.com/statistics/561541/top-fast-food-chains-on-facebook-in-italy/')



Edit: Seems they even have ambulances on standby outside.
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22 weeks ago
In my opinion the Apple Watch is one of Apples best products to date, alongside the AirPods of course :)

Now if only Apple would release a new iMac!
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22 weeks ago
I’m in Italy and want my life saved, too! Come on Tim.
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22 weeks ago
Any word when the ECG feature will be activated in Ireland and the EU?
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22 weeks ago
I wish features like this and LTE rolled out world-wide, but I understand why that takes time. Watch is finally something more than an iPhone remote now, cool.
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22 weeks ago

I’m in Italy and want my life saved, too! Come on Tim.


Apparently you guys have healthy hearts with the mediterranean diets so will probably last in the queue ;):D
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22 weeks ago

Meanwhile in the UK people are writing Tim on how they are dead and how the feature could have saved their lives.

They should probably be taking it up with the proper medical regulatory boards then. Don't you think Apple would like to have this feature activated around the world?
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22 weeks ago

Meanwhile in the UK people are writing Tim on how they are dead and how the feature could have saved their lives.


Those people should write their government to speed up the process of approving the feature...
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22 weeks ago

I’m in Italy and want my life saved, too! Come on Tim.


Guessing its not up to Tim, probably any schedule with have to do with the appropriate medical regulatory organizations of each and every country they'll have to roll it out in being the deciding factor - and most medical orgs aren't fast moving.

A bit like every country's banking sector holding back how fast Apple Pay could be rolled out. JMHO...
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