76-Year-Old Gaston D'Aquino Latest to Say Apple Watch Saved His Life

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Gaston D'Aquino says the Apple Watch saved his life. By sharing his story, he hopes it can help save the lives of others too.

    Photo Credit: South China Morning Post

    According to the South China Morning Post, the 76-year-old was sitting at church when his Apple Watch alerted him to his elevated heart rate. Having read similar stories before, he went directly to a local hospital.

    "I told the doctor I don't know why I'm here, but my watch tells me I have an elevated heart rate," said D'Aquino. "He says, 'Are you feeling anything?' I said no, I feel fine, I'm feeling all right, nothing's wrong."

    After an electrocardiograph machine indicated something was wrong, doctors conducted tests and discovered that two out of his three main coronary arteries were completely blocked, with the third 90 percent blocked. Of course, that means he was at risk of suffering a potentially fatal heart attack.

    D'Aquino said he had visited a cardiologist before, who had prescribed him daily medication for diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, but there was never any indication that there were any deeper issues.


    After the doctors shared the test results with him, D'Aquino quickly agreed to have an angioplasty, a procedure to restore blood flow to the heart by implanting tiny stents in clogged or blocked arteries. He was sent home the following day and said "it went well and I'm feeling much, much better."

    "Having a new lease of life is a good thing," he said. "You wake up the next morning and you look around you, everything looks more beautiful. It's a great feeling; you're on a high for a few days. That feeling is something special."

    As a self-professed Apple fan, D'Aquino sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook in early April. In recounting his story, he noted that "this was the first time that my watch alert had ever gone off, but I was not feeling anything, no dizziness or pain" and added that "in short, I was a walking time bomb."

    "Please continue promoting the use of the Apple Watch for anyone with cardiac problems. I lost a cousin two weeks ago to a massive heart attack, and if he had an Apple Watch, he might have had the same opportunity I got - to live."

    Cook said he was "so glad" to hear that D'Aquino is doing well now. "I appreciate you taking the time to share your story. It inspires us to keep pushing."

    D'Aquino's situation might have been different had it not been for the Apple Watch's ability to detect an elevated heart rate, introduced in watchOS 4. When enabled, the feature notifies the wearer if their heart rate remains above a chosen beats per minute while they appear to have been inactive for a period of 10 minutes.

    On all Apple Watch Series 1 or newer models, users can turn on heart rate notifications when they first open the Heart Rate app, or at any time later:Open the Apple Watch app on a paired iPhone.
    Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Heart Rate.
    Tap Elevated Heart Rate, then choose a BPM.If you have any family, friends, or know of anyone else with an Apple Watch, remind them to enable this potentially life saving feature. For people like D'Aquino and Deanna Recktenwald, it has given them a new lease on life.

    Article Link: 76-Year-Old Gaston D'Aquino Latest to Say Apple Watch Saved His Life
  2. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    A benefit of volunteering to participate in the study. Glad to see it paying some dividends.
  3. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    This technology could already save millions of lives a year if it was widespread. And imagine, say, the AW 10.
  4. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I am no doctor, but isn't your heart rate dependant upon your weight? I thought the maximum heart rate decreases if you lose weight. Why not check for the users weight in this page itself, otherwise wouldn't there be a lot of false alarms??
  5. citysnaps macrumors 68040

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    What study is that?

    "On all Apple Watch Series 1 or newer models, users can turn on heart rate notifications when they first open the Heart Rate app, or at any time later:Open the Apple Watch app on a paired iPhone."
  6. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2008
    Belle, WV
    Mine goes off every time I'm nervous (such as a flight take off) or when I'm sitting still and bouncing my leg since I wear my watch lose.

    I had to turn it off.
  7. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
  8. jsavvy macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2011
    Love hearing these stories. The Apple Watch is really showing its value. I hope the LTE version can be used on MVNOs soon or, even better, with its own number. It's an instant buy for me and my wife.
  9. isaac_appleweed macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2018
    Great Apple! Now lower the prices of your products. I get a heart attack every time I see the price of a Watch that has the potential to save my life.
  10. truthertech macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2016

    There are other benefits to participating in the studies that are occurring with the Apple Watch, but this man's life saving situation had nothing to do with the study and it doesn't appear he was in the study. His life was saved by the Apple Watch feature of notifying you when something is wrong. You don't have to be part of a study to use that feature.
  11. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    I have an original Apple Watch and can't use the feature, my life is not as valuable to apple ;)
  12. rcooked macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2015
    Cool stuff.

    I’m hoping they add continuous heart rate monitoring like Fitbit. Heck, buy Fitbit for their app alone...
  13. citysnaps macrumors 68040

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
  14. truthertech macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2016
    Skip two lattes a month (good for your heart health too!), and you'll have an Apple Watch paid off in 18 months. You can get them on sale for $149.
  15. RedGala macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    The watch is looking out for irregularities. According to Apple: "If your heart rate remains above a chosen beats per minute (BPM) while you appear to have been inactive for a period of 10 minutes, your Apple Watch can notify you."
  16. krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Fun to drink a pot of coffee and run 100m dash. They should have a high score board.
  17. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    LoL :)
    On the more serious note, imagine how many more lives could be saved if the price of Apple Watch was more accessible...
  18. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Like, love, hate, or loathe Apple, we should all agree that this is an example of what we want technology to be able to do for us.

    I sincerely hope other manufacturers work on medical technologies as well. If there is eventually a committee that overseas standards for electronic health products for consumers like the CTIA does for cellular communication, it would be a win for the world.
  19. truthertech macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2016

    It didn't. That's a misconception that the poster and others have. The life saving feature is built in to the Watch OS and you don't have to be in a study.
  20. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Elevated heart rate notification is a built-in feature.
  21. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    A drop in the bucket compared to how many lives has been ruined due to smartphone addiction.
  22. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I sleep with my Watch on and a couple times I’ve received an elevated heart rate notification. The only time I’ve received them is in the middle of the night when I’m sleeping.
  23. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Should the first cardiologist have tested him in the same manner before prescribing him a slew of drugs?
  24. brdeveloper, May 11, 2018
    Last edited: May 11, 2018

    brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Who is Gaston D'Aquino? I didn't find any article on Google or Wikipedia. I was thinking that Pat Morita was alive.

    Great news, anyway. I'm expecting Apple Watch to check blood sugar levels to buy one. Heart rate is an important feature, but a couple of different diagnostics would justify the purchase even more.
  25. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again

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