Friday February 28, 2020

Apple Watch Gets Credited For Detecting Undiagnosed Case Of Atrial Fibrillation

A US doctor recently saved a person's life by using Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation at a restaurant

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The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 are both capable of taking an Electrocardiogram and also monitors your heartbeat in the background, which helps detect an irregular heartbeat. Pixabay

Rosemary Stiles, a Kentucky woman has credited the Apple Watch for saving her life, after the device’s heart rate monitor notified her of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

Stiles, who asked for an Apple Watch for Christmas in 2018, now says that the device accurately detected the heart condition while she was sleeping, the local newspaper WHAS11 reported recently. “I felt tired, I was run down,” said Stiles.

“I had no energy. I would get up in the mornings and I could do a little bit of stuff around the house but then after a few minutes, I would have to go sit down in a chair, and it wouldn’t be long before I would fall asleep,” the report quoted Stiles.

After falling asleep one day last year, she woke up to a notification from her Apple Watch that it had detected Atrial Fibrillation and she rushed to the doctor at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I feel like I was blessed. I think someone upstairs was trying to keep my alive a little while longer. I’ve got more of a purpose here of something later on down the road,” she added.

There have been several examples where Apple Watch saved lives.

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Rosemary Stiles, a Kentucky woman has credited the Apple Watch for saving her life, after the device’s heart rate monitor notified her of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). Pixabay

A US doctor recently saved a person’s life by using Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation at a restaurant.

Another Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem.

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The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 are both capable of taking an Electrocardiogram and also monitors your heartbeat in the background, which helps detect an irregular heartbeat. (IANS)

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Now, Smartwatch Giant Fitbit Makes Oxygen Variation Graph Available For All

The graph, which users can see in the Fitbit app under the Sleep tile, approximates the changes in your blood oxygen saturation while you sleep

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The graph, which users can see in the Fitbit app under the Sleep tile, approximates the changes in your blood oxygen saturation while you sleep. Pixabay

In a bid to make its wearable devices even better at detecting abnormalities in your sleep, wearables giant Fitbit on Thursday announced its Estimated Oxygen Varition Graph, which makes use of the red and infrared sensors on the back of the wearable to estimate the variabilities in users’ blood oxygen levels, is now available for all.

“The graph, which users can see in the Fitbit app under the Sleep tile, approximates the changes in your blood oxygen saturation while you sleep. Blood oxygen saturation measures the percent of your blood that’s saturated with oxygen.

“Typically, it’s at 95-100 per cent, meaning the blood is carrying as much oxygen as it can. If you stop breathing or have other lung issues, the saturation level can fall since less oxygen enters the body. In general, variations should be low and seeing frequent, big variations could be a sign that you may be experiencing breathing disturbances during sleep,” the company said in a statement.

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In a bid to make its wearable devices even better at detecting abnormalities in your sleep, wearables giant Fitbit on Thursday announced its Estimated Oxygen Variation Graph, which makes use of the red and infrared sensors on the back of the wearable to estimate the variabilities in users’ blood oxygen levels, is now available for all. Wikimedia Commons

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea do not realise they have the condition.

According to reports, an estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from the disorder, which is actually a struggle to breathe properly while asleep.

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Often it presents itself through loud, frequent snoring interspersed with sudden choking as your body tries to get enough oxygen. (IANS)