Apple Watch Detected 80-Year Old’s Heart Condition Which Got Missed by Hospital’s Own ECG


A few months back, Apple has added an ECG feature in its Apple Watch Series 4. Since then, there are numerous stories surfaced online mentioning how Apple Watch has contributed to saving the wearer’s life. Now, a new report from the European Heart Journal shares a similar life-saving story of an 80-year-old woman in Mainz Germany whose Apple Watch detected evidence of a heart condition that was even missed by a hospital ECG.

The report mentions that the women arrived at the University Medical Center Mainz complaining of chest pain, irregular heart rhythm, and lightheadedness. The doctors at the hospital performed a traditional 12-channel ECG, which revealed “no evidence for ischemia.”

On getting no critical result from the test, the patient then showed  doctors the results of ECG tests that she took with her Apple Watch, which included “tracings with marked ST-segment depression.” On examining the results of the ECG test obtained by Apple Watch, the doctors did see evidence of myocardial ischemia.

Looking forward to this, the patient was transferred to the catheterization lab which showed “left main stem stenosis and a left anterior descending/diagonal bifurcation lesion.” The doctors then treated women with “coronary artery stenting” and she was discharged the very next day. This leaves a great impression for Apple Watch as its ECG was proved to be more accurate than the Hospital’s ECG. 

The article from the European Health Journal concludes that the Apple Watch can be used to detect myocardial ischemia:

The development of smart technologies paves the way for new diagnostic possibilities. In the case of the Apple Watch, after the mobile application is installed, the records an ECG when a finger is placed on the watch’s digital crown. A 30-s tracing is stored in a PDF file that can be retrieved from the application.

Thus, the Apple Watch may be used not only to detect atrial fibrillation or atrioventricular-conduction disturbances but also to detect myocardial ischemia. An apple a day may keep myocardial infarction away.

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