So... I had a heart attack

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by arubinst, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. arubinst macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Lausanne - Switzerland
    Hi there,

    Two weeks and a half ago, the "unthinkable" happened.

    Of course, it wasn't so unthinkable after all. I had plenty of indicators. Inheritance, overweight, sedentarity, lots of junk food, stress... at least I don't smoke.

    But still, I wasn't expecting to have a heart attack at my 45 years of age.

    So what I wanted to share with you guys is how my Apple Watch became a priceless tool in this last week of my life.

    I'm in a clinic following a cardiovascular readaptation program. It means a lot of sports, good healthy food and several medical controls.

    My watch is now my heartbeat measuring device... much better than the Polar equipment they provided here. Also very accurate!

    It keeps track of my activities, reminds me of my appointments, my drugs, lets me take a nap and wakes me up for the next cardio activity.

    It even lets me read messages from my loved ones while I'm on a gym session or a walk.

    It went from cool tech gadget to a useful and amazing life helping companion! I love it more than ever and I will buy a gen2 just to be able to track my activities in the water.

    I hope you people never get to "need" the watch the way I do now, but I do hope you will use it properly to stay active and away from bad days like the ones I had to live a couple of weeks ago.

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Thank you for sharing your health concern. That's positive to hear that you were able to recover from your heart attack. And I certainly wish you the best of health in the future.

    That said, the Apple Watch has truly been my favorite watch today. I own multiple Apple Watches. And I utilize it every single day for various features. But I think you'll really appreciate the fitness opportunities and how well it tracks your activity. More importantly, it's your companion and it's going to encourage you to keep challenging yourself every day To meet those goals and create new ones.

    Best of luck to you. Have a great Christmas.
  3. deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    Thanks for sharing, glad you are making a recovery.
    I half expected you to say that the SOS function was needed.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2017 and beyond.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Excellent point about the SOS feature. Never even thought of that.
  5. Ffosse, Dec 24, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016

    Ffosse macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2012
    All the best with your recovery, it's nasty being struck down suddenly with illness.

    I was diagnosed with cancer in the Summer and spent a couple of months in hospital (including my 50th Birthday) and have now finished my chemo sessions. The AW has certainly helped me - mainly by mapping out my small walks and using the Breathe function for anxiety.

    I had to visit the hospital yesterday as I'd had problems with my arm since my last chemo 7 days previously but, thankfully, it turned out to be nothing.

    But I managed to walk the 3 miles back on a cold, blustery night (and tracked it on my AW), this is more than I could have managed just a few months ago, so I'm definitely getting stronger.
  6. xDKP macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2011
    Wow - thanks for sharing both of you. As we all want to stay healthy, it's great to hear that the AW can help us in both motivation to stay healthy and in situations where a change in lifestyle is needed as well.

    Merry Christmas to both of you and may 2017 be a year of good health and fortune ☃️
  7. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
  8. arubinst thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Lausanne - Switzerland
    Thank you all for those kind words and thank you @Ffosse for sharing as well!

    May you all have a very healthy 2017.

  9. Ffosse macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2012
    There is a very good app - recommended by someone else on here - called Personal.

    It let's you use your own text and emoji for the complications. I have an inspirational quote on one of my watch faces, and the app overall is worth the price.
  10. Long Run Nick macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2016
    Florida Panhandle
    Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to you both. Healthy and Happy New Year. Fill the circles:)
  11. lclev macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2013
    Thanks for sharing! I use my AW2 for tracking my fitness. Hopefully i will be able to avoid a heart attack (heart issues run in my family.) Heart attacks and cancer - that takes a special level of bravery and courage to face. May you both be blessed with a clean bill of health this holiday season.
  12. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    We all (most of us or many) should know the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Especially with family history. My dad died from a heart attack when I was 3... he was only 43. It's been a concern for my older brothers since the seem to have his genetics more so than me. Still, it is what made me workout most of my life.

    I wish you nothing but a quick recovery and 50 more years of life.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
  13. vcof2005 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2012
  14. RyCan3 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2010
    All the best in your recovery. Stay strong! Merry Christmas and prayers being sent your way!
  15. 01silver4, Dec 25, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2016

    01silver4 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2014
    It's really inspiring to hear all these awesome testimonies and how AW is helping make things easier in ones health monitoring etc.

    I could always vision the AW as great tool since its release helping with monitoring ones health etc. there is some people who says AW is not for them. But it's for those with lead an active life style, but what they don't understand is that one of the features of AW is to encourage an active life style which in all honesty a lot of us could really benefit from.

    In America today there is an health epidemic for example my neighbors son who comes over and play with my kids from time to time is battling type 2 diabetes at age 9, this is very sad. I have two girls one 8 & 12 years of age who goes mountain biking with me all the time and sometimes would road bike with me around the neighborhood 8 to 13miles at time. I try my best to encourage and model good healthy habits in our home for wife and children.

    I just shared these testimonies with my family, thanks for sharing guys and I which the best of health from this day forward, have a merry Christmas and healthy and prosperous New Years to you all.
  16. cics macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2016
    I wish you both a full recover and a healthy and happy 2017.
  17. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Thank you both for sharing.

    I am going to be 44 next month, last checkup said I seriously need to lose some weight as I have gone a little out of control since I quit smoking 3 years ago, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high sugar while not scary and alarmingly high, still high. Also have family history of heart attacks, and your story is an eye opener and a loud and clear alert that I need to not just make the weight loss a "New Years Resolution" but an absolute commitment or I may be sharing a similar story or worse.

    I'll just say message heard with gratitude.

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