We have seen several stories of people being saved by the resources of the Apple watch and the arrival of the reader of electrocardiogram (ECG) A few days ago, with watchOS 5.1.2 in the United States, it tends to make these stories even more common. I just didn't think we'd have an example to give you so quickly.
The report was posted on Reddit by the user. edentel. He says that shortly after upgrading his Apple Watch, he performed an ECG and obtained atrial fibrillation (AFib). He found it strange and, of course, repeated the self-examination; same result.
Bah, bad firmware, he thought, later concluding that this clock sucks. He then decided to pass the Apple Watch to his wife's arm. ECG Response: Normal (more than once). Back in his arm, once again indicative of AFib.
With that, he still decided to take a leap in the medical emergency (and, with a report from AFib, even passed the front line of calls). After looking at the ECG result on the monitor, the nurse asked him to wait for a doctor.
This is what the doctor then said to him:
You should buy Apple shares. That probably saved you. I read about the news last night and even figured we'll see an increase in patients with such reports this week. Just didn't expect it to be my first call this morning, already.
Thanks to the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG, the user in question is already being properly treated by a cardiologist (hopefully not at all serious).
And there are still people thinking this is a joke.
Update 12/11/2018 19:05
THE ABC News was behind the author of the Reddit post, Ed Dentel, and interviewed him about the case:
Very cool story.