Pulse shot to dangerous heights: Apple Watch saves 13-year-old boys

Pulse shot to dangerous heights: Apple Watch saves 13-year-old boys

13-year-old Skylar Joslin was apparently healthy, but suddenly his Apple Watch alarmed him about a heart rate of 190 beats per minute. Does he owe his life to the smartwatch?

A young person’s heart is racing at 190 beats per minute. His Apple Watch alerts him and may save his life.

13-year-old Skylar Joslin was apparently healthy, but suddenly his Apple Watch alarmed him about a heart rate of 190 beats per minute. Does he owe his life to the smartwatch?

Imagine you are unsuspecting in class or at work and suddenly your smartwatch shows an unusually high heartbeat. Unsettling, isn’t it? That was exactly what happened to a 13-year-old boy from the USA, more precisely Oklahoma.

His Apple Watch raised the alarm because his heart rate was far too high at 190 beats per minute, reports 9To5Mac and refers to a contribution by TV broadcaster Oklahoma’s News 4. The boy, alarmed, sent an SMS with a screenshot of the heart rate to his mother.

Seven-hour surgery corrects heart defects

The latter reacted immediately and picked up her son from class to take him to the emergency room. The mother’s quick action was obviously justified, because on the way the adolescent’s heartbeat rose to 202, in the clinic even to 280 beats per minute. A heart rate that is much too high if you are not participating in a marathon untrained.

Until then, the teenager had never had heart problems. In the clinic, however, a cardiac arrhythmia (supraventricular tachycardia) was diagnosed, which is caused by structural changes in the conduction pathways in the heart. In a seven-hour operation, the boy’s heart rhythm was stabilized by cardiac ablation.

The person concerned informs the public about the benefits of the Apple Watch

If the 13-year-old had not worn his Apple Watch, the arrhythmia might never have been diagnosed or too late. So she may have saved his life in the long run.

According to 9To5Mac, the boy can now participate in all sports again. He wears his smartwatch every day and even convinced a teacher to get his own watch.

On April 25, the teenager becomes the face of the Heart Walk the Oklahoma American Heart Association. The proceeds of the event should flow into research and educational initiatives that deal with heart problems.

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