Tim Cook Tweets Story of User's Apple Watch Detecting Atrial Fibrillation

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared a story on Twitter of an Apple Watch that alerted its user to atrial fibrillation, potentially saving their life in the process.

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    Elissa Lombardo tweeted Cook with her husband's experience with Apple Watch that occurred just two days after he started wearing the device.

    The smartwatch's ECG feature detected the case of A-Fib during an elevated heart rate, which led her husband to seek medical attention.

    Medical professionals apparently discovered a "major blockage" in his arteries but were able to correct the problem, and two days later he was feeling fine again.

    According to Lombardo, her husband presented with similar symptoms in the past, but on those occasions he never visited the emergency room to get them checked out.


    This isn't the first time an Apple Watch has potentially saved someone's life. When the ECG feature launched in December in the U.S., TIME published a story about a 46-year-old Texas resident who was having trouble breathing normally.

    Fortunately, since he was wearing an Apple Watch and participating in the recent Apple Heart Study, he was alerted to signs of an irregular heartbeat and went to the emergency room.

    At the hospital, doctors hooked him up to an ECG machine and found signs of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other potentially fatal complications. He spent the next few days in the hospital while doctors returned him to a normal sinus heart rhythm.

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  2. FreshBoy macrumors regular

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    Any word when the ECG feature will be activated in Ireland and the EU?
     
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    I wish features like this and LTE rolled out world-wide, but I understand why that takes time. Watch is finally something more than an iPhone remote now, cool.
     
  4. NoSoup4U macrumors newbie

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    "Two stents later" didn't mean two days, but after surgery to put in two stents...
     
  5. djcerla macrumors 68000

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    I’m in Italy and want my life saved, too! Come on Tim.
     
  6. unibility macrumors 6502a

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    Times when down voting should be an option.
     
  7. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

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    Guessing its not up to Tim, probably any schedule with have to do with the appropriate medical regulatory organizations of each and every country they'll have to roll it out in being the deciding factor - and most medical orgs aren't fast moving.

    A bit like every country's banking sector holding back how fast Apple Pay could be rolled out. JMHO...
     
  8. Chopper read macrumors member

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    Apparently you guys have healthy hearts with the mediterranean diets so will probably last in the queue ;):D
     
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  10. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    Meanwhile in the UK people are writing Tim on how they are dead and how the feature could have saved their lives.
     
  11. djbuddha macrumors 6502

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    As I posted in the mankind* thread....

    *US Only

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  12. kissmo macrumors 6502a

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    I totally agree. After last summer trip to Italy where I saw 90% of people in top shape, eating healthy and then doing some research (where I found out Italy is in the top countries in the world due to their lifestyle and food) I think you they are the last ones to need this feature.

    What is funny though ... people would still dig in burgers and all the crap and pay extra to detect if they are about to die...
    I appreciate Apple for this, and it makes sense especially for those who have genetic problems, and you never know. But a healthy lifestyle should not be pushed aside just because now there are devices who signal you are about to die.

    Either way, Apple Watch does promote moving and since I bought it I am burning around 1000 calories daily instead of 4-500 before.

    So kudos for Apple, no doubt. I think Apple watch has the top features here and they are leading the market.
    I have colleagues with other brands and they don't even come close.
     
  13. Marzel macrumors regular

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    And of course the profile of the woman that Tim cook is replying to has never written anything else on twitter or has a profile pic or info.
     
  14. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    They should probably be taking it up with the proper medical regulatory boards then. Don't you think Apple would like to have this feature activated around the world?
     
  15. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    In my opinion the Apple Watch is one of Apples best products to date, alongside the AirPods of course :)

    Now if only Apple would release a new iMac!
     
  16. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    If they did we'd probably have a heart attack ;)
     
  17. centauratlas macrumors 6502a

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    You are exactly right. Apple would activate this everywhere if they were legally permitted to do so. The problem is not Apple, but the regulations in the places it is not active. Seems like some misplaced blame in some of the messages above.
     
  18. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a

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    Love my watch but I can hardly get this feature to work. Normally it counts down from 30 to about 28 or 29 seconds and resets. I've only managed to get it to finish the cycle twice since it was released. Is anyone else having this issue?

    I assume for me it's because I have a ninja heart and it's hiding from the watch? ;-)
     
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    Those people should write their government to speed up the process of approving the feature...
     
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    Approval in at least a couple of other territories would have been nice since the feature was a major marketing ploy.
     
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    Bet you’re fun at parties. It was a joke. You know.
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  22. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    It’s literally what I’m waiting for from Apple, I got fed up with them on the laptop front and brought a Surface Pro on Black Friday. I’m hoping they won’t dissapoint with iMac updates!
     
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    Take a look around these boards. It is not far fetched to think people would blame Apple for it. Apologies for the misinterpretation.
     
  24. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for understanding :)
    Have a great day
     
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    I guess it could’ve been done in two days, but seems unlikely! :p:D:)
     

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