Apple Watch Heart BeatSource: Rene Ritchie/iMore

What you need to know

  • A retired nurse practitioner says her Apple Watch helped save her life.
  • The watch alerted her to two instances of her heart rate falling abnormally low.
  • Doctors diagnosed an issue thanks to the Apple Watch and a pacemaker was fitted.

A retired nurse practitioner says her Apple Watch helped to save her life after it twice alerted her to an abnormally low heart rate. Doctors later diagnosed an issue and she now has a pacemaker fitted.

According to local reports, the normally active Patti Sohn was sitting watching TV when her Apple Watch warned that her heart rate was around 40 beats per minute. After having things checked at the hospital, her heart rate returned to normal and she went home.

Then it happened again.

Sohn rushed to the hospital. After a number of tests, her heartrate returned to a normal range. She went home with a monitoring device, but four days later the watch beeped again because of a low heartrate. Sohn then had to have a pacemaker put in.

Apple Watches have helped out in similar situations before and Apple continues to invest in trying to make its wearable as capable as a health device as possible.

The current Apple Watch Series 7 is the best Apple Watch ever made, but it still can't replace a hospital filled with doctors — be sure to speak to a medical professional if you're unwell.