Apple Watch saves Delhi woman’s life, thanks Tim Cook for ‘accurate and advanced’ features, CEO reacts

A Delhi woman’s life was saved when Apple Watch’s heart rate feature detected her “abnormally high” heart rate and alerted her, in what doctors called a “close call”. Sneha Sinha, a policy researcher in Delhi, told HT Tech that she sought medical help only after the Apple Watch’s ECG feature indicated the onset of atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is an irregular and often very fast heart rhythm. This can cause blood clots in the heart and increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart complications.

Woman thanks Tim Cook

Sneha, who had no prior health issues, said she later emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook to thank him for developing a watch with such “accurate and advanced” features and claimed he responded immediately. “As an avid hiker, I hike in mountainous areas at altitudes above 15,000-16,000 feet, where oxygen levels are often low,” Sinha said. She told HT Tech that she had returned home after a normal day when she noticed the heartbeat. He said he used his Apple Watch to monitor it. However, he did not initially take the increase in his heart rate seriously. He said – “Despite repeated tests and ECG showing high heart rate, I tried to take deep breaths, hoping it would resolve in some time. I thought it must have happened for some reason and should calm down soon”. “When this persisted for more than an hour and a half, the ECG indicated the onset of AFib. At that time, I decided to seek medical help and called a friend to take me to the hospital,” Sneha said. He later wrote to Cook using an email address he found on the Internet to thank him.

Apple’s CEO responded

Sinha said, “I wanted to express my deep gratitude for developing such accurate and advanced heart monitoring features. Apple Watch has shown how innovation and technology can revolutionize health care and save lives.”

After I shared my story, Cook responded “within a few hours,” Sinha said. He wrote back, “I’m so glad you sought medical help and got the treatment you needed. Share your story Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.”

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