Apple Watch Series 8 detects AFib in the U.K. to save a woman’s life

Some things never change. The just-released Apple Watch Series 8 has just saved its first life, continuing the product’s reputation as a device that is not only equipped with many features, but can also alert users when they have a serious underlying condition. In fact, during the now-epic “Far Out” event earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced a video of Apple Watch users recounting letters they wrote to the CEO about how the watch saved their lives.

The just released Apple Watch Series 8 saves another life

According to 9to5Mac, the latest incident occurred when a gentleman named Jason Smith received a call from his father. “My parents were going to Chester (that’s in the UK) for the weekend when I got a call from my dad to say mum wasn’t feeling well at all,” Jason recalled. “He said she felt very dizzy and as if her heart was pounding – I told them to pull over and that I would be with them as soon as possible.”

When he arrived at his parents’ location, he took his mother’s blood pressure and she said she was feeling much better. Jason then came up with a brilliant idea. “I then took my Apple Watch Series 8 and placed it on her wrist to perform an EKG. This is when the watch alerted us to say it had detected atrial fibrillation and to seek immediate medical attention. I continued to take three more EKGs to rule out any false positives, but each one reported AFib with a resting heart rate over 160 bpm.”

Jason took his mother to the nearest emergency room, where doctors said she needed immediate treatment. Hospitalized for treatment and then discharged, Jason’s mother is now doing fine and will have to be on certain medications for the rest of her life. And once again, the Apple Watch is the hero. As Jason says, “The NHS (National Health Service) specialists who looked after her said that if it wasn’t for the Apple Watch, there’s a good chance she wouldn’t have made it through the rest of the day.”

When you hear doctors tell you stuff like that, it’s not exaggeration. The Apple Watch has a proven track record. Incidentally, AFib, which can be detected using the EKG function on the watch, is an abnormal heartbeat caused by both rapid (over 400 beats per minute) and irregular heartbeats in the upper chamber of the organ. AFib can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure. Obviously, this is a very serious condition.

Apple released three new Apple Watch models earlier this month

By the way, guess who’s in the market for their own Apple Watch? Yes it’s true. Jason’s mother plans to buy one. She has three options this year, starting with the Apple Watch SE (2022), which is the cheaper “budget model” priced at $249 and up. The Apple Watch Series 8 is priced at $399 and up, and the premium “rugged” Apple Watch Ultra will set you back $799.

In addition to being able to perform a one-lead electrocardiogram, the Apple Watch Series 8 also monitors your heart rate, notifies emergency services in the event of a car accident or fall, and will also measure your blood oxygen percentage (SP02). The Apple Watch also tracks your sleep. And if you’re considering starting a family, it can provide an estimate of when a female user last ovulated. Apple states that “When combined with your heart rate and logged cycle data, you get a detailed view of your menstrual cycle.”

Of all the great things Apple Watch can do, the most important is its ability to get you medical and emergency help when you need it most. Jason and his parents would surely agree.


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