One of the newer health features introduced in the Apple Watch in the past couple of years is an ECG monitor. This is a tool designed to detect irregular heart rates, which could be taken as a sign of Afib. This is important because it could be fatal if the person is not treated to or attended to as soon as possible.
According to a report from the LaCrosse Tribune, a woman from Minneapolis might have the Apple Watch to thank because according to her, she was going for a walk in June where she received an alert from the watch. It told the 70-year old that her heart rate was at 174 and suggested that she might be in Afib and to call a doctor immediately.
At her local hospital, she underwent a series of tests and according to her doctors, they told her that her watch was right. The report does not mention what happens after, but presumably since this took place in June and she’s here sharing her story, it has since been taken care of, or at least it’s now in control.
The ECG monitor was originally introduced in the Apple Watch Series 4 back in 2018 and has since found its way onto subsequent models, save for the cheaper Apple Watch SE that understandably omitted it in a bid to cut costs.