The Apple Watch continues to show those who doubted their ability to detect arrhythmias that could not be more wrong. Today we bring you another case in which the Apple watch has been fundamental for the diagnosis of the detection of an arrhythmia in a 13-year-old boy.
Without being a medical tool in itself, the Apple Watch itself is proving to be a device that, thanks to being with us 24 hours a day, can help diagnose cardiac pathologies that could otherwise take months of unsuccessful medical studies . This time it was in a 13-year-old boy who suffered from an undiagnosed “Supraventricular Tachycardia” and whose Apple Watch warned him that he had an excessively high heart rate, even though I was not doing any exercise at that time.
“Supraventricular tachycardia” is a cardiac pathology that consists of an excessive acceleration of the heart rhythm, with frequencies that can easily exceed 200 beats per minute. Although it generally has no serious immediate consequences, it can end up causing serious long-term problems, and because it only happens at certain times, sometimes giving up spontaneously, The diagnosis is often very complicated because when medical tests are performed the tachycardia may not appear.
And it is that despite the limitations of the Apple Watch heart rate monitor and its integrated electrocardiograph (from Series 4), the fact that we always wear it and that it is Continuously monitoring our heart rate is a great help in the diagnosis of intermittent pathologies such as atrial fibrillation or, as in this case, supraventricular tachycardia. The end of this story can not be happier to solve the problem of this child after a surgical intervention that eliminated the pathology.