Apple Watch Helped Save A 76-year-old Man’s Life

Image source: BGR

Image source: BGR

Though Apple Watch is initially positioned as something of a fashion accessory, most of its users’ favorite is its fitness and health tracking capabilities. In turn, there are a growing number of stories involving Apple Watch actually saving lives all these years.

Recently, a 76-year old man named Gaston D’Aquino claims he may have died had his Apple Watch not alerted him that he was experiencing an elevated heart rate. According to South China Morning Post, D’Aquino was in the midst of a church service last month when his Apple Watch alerting him that his heart rate reading was amiss. Even though he wasn’t feeling anything wrong, D’Aquino still decided to go to the hospital just to play it safe.

As it turns out, D’Aquino’s decision ended up saving his life. After a series of tests, doctors discovered that two of D’Aquino’s three main coronary arteries were fully blocked, and the third was 90% blocked. The next morning, D’Aquino had a surgical procedure known as an angioplasty and then was sent home the following day. “It went well and I’m feeling much, much better,” D’Aquino says.”

After his full recovery, D’Aquino sent an email to Tim Cook to express his thanks. He noted that “this was the first time that my watch alert had ever gone off, but I was not feeling anything, no dizziness or pain” and “in short, I was a walking time bomb”. After the successful operation, he wrote, “I have been given a new lease on life”.

D’Aquino concluded: “Please continue promoting the use of the Apple Watch for anyone with cardiac problems. I lost a cousin two weeks ago to a massive heart attack, and if he had an Apple Watch, he might have had the same opportunity I got – to live.”

The next day, Cook replied: “Gaston, I’m so glad you sought medical attention and you’re fine now. I appreciate you taking the time to share your story. It inspires us to keep pushing. Best, Tim.”

D’Aquino said that he wanted to share his story to help make other people more aware of what Apple Watch can do, so they can take potentially life-saving medical action when they might be completely oblivious to what’s happening with their heart.

Source: BGR, South China Morning Post