The heart rate monitor which is present on the Apple watch has already been known to save quite a few lives. More often than not, the owner of the watch is notified that their heart rate is too high – promoting users to pay a visit to the hospital. There and then, doctors are able to obtain a diagnosis and come up with a suitable enough treatment plan. However, it also happens that too low a heart rate may be life-threatening – in the latest story which concerns the Apple watch, that was almost the case.
In the latest news, a man from England was notified by his very own Apple watch that his heart rate was dropping to 40 beats per minute – with the normal rate being in between that of 60 to 100 beats per minute. Apple took upon the decision to customize its watch in such a way that it is able to scan for low heart rates – this has turned to be a decent enough decision, no?
But it’s not only the heart rate monitor integrated within the Apple watch that may potentially save one’s life – as the Apple Watch Series 4 also has an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor which effectively checks for abnormal heart rhythms like Atrial fibrillation (AFib). This can end up leading to blood clots, stroke and heart failure as well as some other issues. Other manufacturers like Samsung too are looking to add this feature to their smartwatches. For instance, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch will have an ECG monitor integrated within. Though it won’t be eligible for enablement until the FDA gives its approval. This does come as an important point as other smartwatches are coming with this feature on board, so Samsung might have a thing or two to worry about.
In conclusion though, the Apple watch has proven to be a life-saver on more than one occasion. One would then have to imagine smartwatches as a whole to be a push into the health care system, and perhaps it might turn out to be a good idea for people to start obtaining these little devices – as not only do they offer a wide range of features, but they might just end up saving your life.