Hardly will one come cross such cases in India. Although India is a huge market for Apple products, we rarely find something like this. In a very surprising way, the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature on Apple Watch has saved the life of an elderly man. The person in question is a 61-year-old Indore resident. On top of that, Apple CEO Tim Cook wished him fast recovery after the successful surgery.
The Apple Watch saved a man’s life
Rajhans is a retired pharma professional who uses an Apple Watch Series 5. He decided to check his ECG on the Apple Watch after he felt unwell in March this year. Rajhans’s son Siddharth gifted an Apple Watch to him. Siddharth is a student at Harvard University who has worked with some of the top tech companies in Silicon Valley. “Since Apple Watch allows the ECG function, one can check it on a more regular basis. Twice or thrice, in the middle of the night, my father was getting arrhythmia signals or irregular heartbeats. It’s a critical indicator”, Siddharth said.
Rajhans shared the findings from his Apple Watch with his doctor
When the same result persisted, he decided to share the findings with his doctor. Though Rajhans did suffer from hypertension, he didn’t have any heart condition. Further diagnosis showed that Rajhans had low ejection fraction and required immediate heart surgery. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there was a delay in surgery but Rajhans continued to monitor his ECG on his Apple Watch. “My dad underwent a Mitral Valve replacement surgery and it was his Apple Watch that helped. It detected the irregular heart rhythm prior to the Valve failure Echo-cardiograph”, Siddharth informed.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO wrote back
Siddharth reached out to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and to his surprise Cook responded. “Siddharth, thank you for sharing this. I am happy to note that your father received medical attention in time and I hope he’s feeling better now. Our team will connect with you,” Cook wrote in an email.
Apple’s team reached out to Rajhans
Siddharth said, “The idea of having a device like Apple Watch is to strike a balance between using tech and medical awareness in order to take charge of our parent’s lives. It saved my dad’s life. It’s a life-changing product.” The ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature helps users identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm. If left untreated, AFib is one of the leading conditions that can result in stroke. It is the second most common cause of death around the world. The Apple Watch has till date saved many lives across the world via its health features like ECG, Fall Detection and others.
Another occasion when an Apple product saved a life
In 2018, a Pune-based 53-year-old lawyer Arati Joglekar wrote an email to Cook. She thanked him for a “life-changing” moment courtesy her Apple Watch. The watch kept buzzing her to take deep breath and relieve the stress as her heart rate had shot up to 136 beats per minute. Her son wrote an email to Cook and Cook responded, “I’m happy your Mum is fine. Thanks for your note and kind words.”