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Video: Apple Watch Diagnosed A Man With A Dangerous Arrhythmia Immediately After Turning On
Apple Watch diagnosed a man with a dangerous arrhythmia immediately after turning on
The 46-year-old man was very surprised by the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, which he was "given" by his watch. However, cardiologists found that the electronic device was right.
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Ed Dentel, a 46-year-old communications consultant from Virginia, updated his Apple Watch software and was immediately diagnosed with a dangerous heart rhythm disorder.
“When the application was launched, it immediately started emitting a sound signal, indicating that I had atrial fibrillation. I have never heard of this condition as I was in pretty good health. I decided that it was a program malfunction, turned off everything and went to bed,”he told ABC.
But the next day, while putting on his watch, he encountered the same signal. Since his wife's watch showed no rhythm disturbance, he decided to go to the nearest emergency room. An electrocardiogram performed at the hospital confirmed the watch's diagnosis.
While atrial fibrillation is not a medical emergency, doctors, according to ABC, told Ed that the watch may have saved his life.
Atrial fibrillation or atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia in which atrial contractions are irregular, their effectiveness is reduced. This rhythm disturbance increases the risk of stroke and heart failure. You can find out more about atrial fibrillation in our Encyclopedia.
Dr. Michael N. Cho, a New York-based cardiologist, said in a comment to ABC that over time it will become clearer how useful such devices are for public health.
“They can potentially be useful for such small cases. The prevalence is higher among the elderly. If you wear an Apple Watch on an 80-year-old, you are more likely to experience atrial fibrillation. In most 20-, 30-, and 40-year-olds you will not find this more often.
Cho said that he did not study the characteristics of the new watch in detail, but fitness minitors do not always provide reliable information.
“I have patients who come and say 'I have a pulse of 100'. But when you give them a more accurate monitor, their data is often different. As for the Apple Watch, we'll see,”says Cho.