Infarction: Apple Watch apparently saved patients' lives

Infarction: Apple Watch apparently saved patients' lives

Apple Watch saved Canadian man's life
The digitization that the modern world brings with it is often viewed critically. A case from Canada shows that it can also bring enormous benefits for everyone. An older man survived a heart attack there because he noticed from something unusual about the pulse rate that his Apple Watch showed that something was wrong.

Apple Watch showed exceptionally high pulse
The growing trend of digital self-monitoring is viewed very critically by many people. But the various apps and gadgets also have great advantages. One of the most benefited was Dennis Anselmo, a 62-year-old Canadian contractor. The man from Alberta recognized from the pulse measurement function of his Apple Watch that his heart rate was exceptionally high. He immediately called 911. A heart attack was diagnosed in the hospital, which might have been followed quickly by another. The small device's wrist tip saved Anselmo's life.

How to recognize a heart attack
The risk of dying from a heart attack is so high, among other things, because it often takes too much time until the ambulance or emergency doctor is alerted. Health experts therefore repeatedly point out how important it is to recognize a heart attack. Signs that indicate this include chest pain in the middle of the chest around the breastbone that radiates to the upper body. Patients often have sweating, upper abdominal pain and sweating and suffer from nausea and vomiting. According to medical experts, the assumption that the pain of a heart attack always radiates into the left arm is wrong.

The patient initially suspected flu
Dennis Anselmo from Alberta also showed no severe symptoms. When he wanted to work in the garden last August, nausea and malaise suddenly appeared. To the Canadian radio station CBC, he said: “I felt kind of weird. I was cold and hot at the same time. I was trembling. ”The 62-year-old thought the symptoms were signs of flu. But when he looked at his Apple Watch, he noticed that his pulse was 210 beats per minute. "My normal heart rate is 49 to 55 beats per minute," says Anselmo. In the ambulance, the medical devices determined the pulse at 207. A heart attack was diagnosed in the clinic.

Bought the watch at the right time
As the doctors told him, it was likely that a second, fatal heart attack would have followed a few hours later. According to the information, the heart artery was already 70 percent blocked. A stent was immediately inserted into the patient. The smartwatch that the watch collector had just bought recently apparently saved his life. "I bought the watch two weeks before the heart attack, it was at the right time," said the Canadian. The story only became public when Anselmo spoke to an Apple Store employee about changing a bracelet, whereupon some media contacted him.

A smartwatch is not a medical device
Despite the life-saving function that the watch performed for the Canadian, it should be pointed out not to trust blindly in such devices or programs. If in doubt, always consult a doctor or alert an ambulance. Health experts warn against self-diagnosis based on data obtained through gadgets. Depending on the model and carrier, very different values ​​can be measured. When used correctly, they can nevertheless make an important contribution to health promotion. Therefore, the purchase of Apple Watch and Co is financially supported by various health insurance companies. (ad)

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