She buys an Apple Watch to count her steps, she discovers a heart tumor

The Apple Watch once again shows its unsuspected abilities by saving the life of a woman living in the United States, in Maine, as reported by the daily newspaper Today.

Kim Durkee’s smartwatch detected an irregular heartbeat during her sleep that indicated the presence of atrial fibrillation. Known as Afib, this condition occurs when the upper and lower chambers of your heart are out of sync. It could mean that your heart is beating too slowly or too fast. It is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening problems, including heart failure.

Apple Watch saves woman’s life

In the interview, Durkee explains that she “didn’t have a single clue” that something was wrong with her body, “not a single one.”

Of course, that all changed when this woman started getting atrial fibrillation notifications for days in a row, and when she saw a doctor, he found that she did indeed have atrial fibrillation. But the story does not end there.

On further testing, ultrasounds revealed the presence of a myxoma – a non-cancerous tumor located on the heart – which can cause strokes. Kim had to undergo open-heart surgery to fix the problem, and she still wears an Apple Watch at all times. Since then, she never takes it off.

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Apple Watch, this hero

If you follow us regularly, you know that this is far from the first time that the Apple Watch has saved someone’s life. In fact, every week we report more or less similar cases. A person who is detected a heart defect, another whose watch calls the emergency services after a fall, or even a kidnapped person who manages to call for help using his wrist.

Like Kim Durkee, many people buy an Apple Watch to track their fitness, but get a ton of potentially life-saving features like fall detection and atrial fibrillation monitoring. Even the ability to make emergency calls can be a great help in certain situations.

Remember also that with watchOS 9, your tocante will be able to follow the history of AFib and allow you to have additional information at your fingertips. The Cupertino company is also preparing a new Apple Watch 8 with probably a “rugged” variant for adventurers and new capabilities such as a temperature sensor.

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