Apple Watch saves Woman's life by informing her of an asymptomatic heart attack

Apple Watch saves Woman’s life by informing her of an asymptomatic heart attack

It’s not uncommon for Apple Watch to notice a heart abnormality and save lives, but there are reports of a woman living in Michigan, USA, being informed of a heart attack without subjective symptoms.

According to an interview with local media WZZM 13, Diane Feenstra had a heart rate of 169 beats / minute on April 22 after exercising up 12 steps at most. She looked that on Apple Watch. Then she called her husband at work to ask if she should be worried, she was told to contact a doctor.

When Fienstra had an electrocardiogram taken at a local emergency medical center, it turned out that she had had a heart attack without even realizing it.

Women are less likely to feel subjective symptoms than men, and Fienstra also had pain in her left hand, a little swelling in his left leg, and indigestion, but she said that she was dismissing it as just a reflux of gastric acid that occurs as she gets older. The biggest pain was in the shoulder, but she said she thought she had vacuumed her muscles.

After that, when Mr. Finstra was examined at a cardiac hospital, it was found that the Widowmaker artery was completely occluded. In order to improve the symptoms, she underwent stent surgery (a treatment method that expands blood vessels with a metal mesh tube “stent” to improve blood flow).

By the way, “widow maker” is a common name for stenosis of the main coronary arteries of the heart. The literal translation of Widow Maker is “Widows”, but this symptom is the name given to “Widows” by causing a fatal heart attack without any prejudice.

Fienstra thanked the Apple Watch, which was given to her on her birthday, as a lifesaver.

Until now, many reports that “Apple Watch saved” were arrhythmias discovered mainly by the electrocardiogram (ECG) application installed in Series 4 or later. But this time “high heart rate” that can be used even in Series 3 or earlier. This is probably due to the “Number / Low Heart Rate Notification” feature.

This can be set by opening the Apple Watch App on your iPhone and going to “My Watch”> “Heart” and then “High Heart Rate” and “Low Heart Rate”. Apple Watch is likely to continue to save many lives from sudden hits such as heart attacks.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.