Apple Watch correctly alerts bestselling author that his heart had an irregular rhythm
Croft’s Apple Watch alerted him every two hours that his heart was in an irregular rhythm
Mr. Croft continued to struggle. “I managed to get down on the floor and ended up in a pool of cold sweat,” he said. “Being a man I thought not much of it and took myself up to bed.”
He woke up the next morning only to discover that his Apple Watch had been alerting him every two hours trying to tell him that his heart was in atrial fibrillation (AFib). In other words, Croft’s heart had an irregular rhythm. AFib can lead to blood clots, strokes, and death. “I called 111 who said get to hospital within the hour,” Croft said.
Bedford Hospital in England where Adam Croft received treatment
Croft has been prescribed blood thinners and is on a cardioversion procedure that uses quick, low-energy shocks to correct the rhythm of his heart. He also has been told to take it easy and try to reduce his stress levels since the doctors tell him that this issue with his heart rhythm will get worse over time and happen more often. And like many Apple Watch wearers say after their lives were saved by the device, “The watch will be staying on now.”
Cardiac nurse says that AFib is a serious condition
The nurse says that devices like the Apple Watch are useful but those receiving alerts that something is wrong still need to see a doctor. “Wearable devices can be helpful for improving exercise habits and eating behaviors and they can provide motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle – all of which contribute to lowering the risk of heart disease – but they are not a replacement for medical advice, and they cannot provide a diagnosis.
MacArthur points out that atrial fibrillation can be discovered by having a doctor qualified nurse conduct a manual pulse check during a routine examination or check-up, or after having an ECG test. She notes that “Symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be noticeable. Anyone concerned about their heart health should speak to their doctor.”