A few days ago, 34-year-old Nitesh Chopra, resident of Yamuna Nagar, Haryana wasn’t feeling too well. His energy levels were low and he had some pain in the chest area. Last year Chopra gifted his wife Neha an Apple Watch Series 6. When he told his wife that he wasn’t feeling too well, she asked him to take the ECG on the Apple Watch. The readings showed irregularities in the ECG and they immediately went to a local hospital. On reaching the hospital, after an angiography it was revealed that Nitesh had 99.9% blockage in his arteries. “The doctor placed a stent in his heart and said that we were lucky that anything bad didn’t happen,” Neha told The Times of India-Gadgets Now. Nitesh was in hospital for a few days and recently got discharged.
Neha wrote an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook as she wanted to let him know that it was the Apple Watch that alerted them to something being wrong with her husband. In her email she told Cook, “We reached the hospital only because of the technology provided by you and he is now fine and healthy.” She further thanked him — and the Apple Watch — to save her husband’s life.
Much to her surprise, Cook soon reached out to her in an email. In the email — shared by Neha with The Times of India-GadgetsNow — Cook wrote,
I’m so glad you sought medical attention and received the treatment you needed.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
The couple were pleasantly surprised on receiving the email from Cook. Neha said that the couple shared an Apple Watch between them but now she plans to buy another one immediately. “It was the Apple Watch that actually gave as indication as because my husband is in his early 30s, we would have never even imagined him to be suffering from blocked arteries.
The ECG app on the Apple Watch records an electrocardiogram which represents the electrical pulses that make your heart beat. The ECG app checks these pulses to get your heart rate and see if the upper and lower chambers of your heart are in rhythm or not. Apple makes it categorically clear that the ECG app or Apple Watch doesn’t indicate if a person is having a heart attack or not and if any irregularities are noted then one should see a doctor immediately.