Someone needs to get the Apple Watch its own comic book series — because right now it’s saving more lives than most DC and Marvel superheroes put together.
The latest incident in which an Apple wearable helped out one of its users involves a 48-year-old man from the U.K. Paul Hutton wound up having major surgery as a result.
Hutton was alerted of his low heart rate by his Apple Watch. It noted that his heart rate regularly dropped below 40bpm. That’s far less than the regular 60-100bmp of a resting heart rate. He visited his doctor, who suggested that Hutton cut out caffeine from his diet.
However, he continued to receive notifications from his Apple Watch. Ultimately, Hutton was diagnosed with ventricular bigeminy, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. He underwent a three hour procedure to correct the problem.
“My surgeon was absolutely brilliant,” he told the Telegraph newspaper. “…I keep checking my pulse on my Apple Watch and it all seems good.”
The Apple Watch saves lives
We often talk about technology’s capacity to change lives. There are few things more life-changing than tech which can actually save lives. That’s exactly where the Apple Watch is today. From a device that, more or less, replicated the iPhone’s feature set in its early days, Apple’s focus on digital health is now paying off in a big way.
Rarely a week goes by without a story such as this one. Much of the time, they focus on the Apple Watch’s heart-reading ECG tech. That’s the case here. But there are other stories as well. Last month, we wrote about an 87-year-old woman who wore an Apple Watch. It called emergency services after she was involved in a car accident. Meanwhile, earlier this week an Apple Watch potentially saved the life of a man stuck hundreds of feet off shore in Lake Michigan. Using the Apple Watch’s SOS Mode, the wearable-user was able to call for rescue.