Perrysburg resident credits Apple Watch for alerting him of rising heart rate

Apple Watch’s heart-monitoring feature is getting credited again for informing a user of an undiagnosed condition. 24 news reports that 25-year-old Zachary Zies was notified by his watch of a high abnormal heart rate of 210 beats per minute.

According to the report, Zies is a recent graduate of Ohio State University and has been battling Friedreich’s ataxia for almost all of his life and has been in a wheelchair since middle school. Friedreich’s ataxia is a very rare genetic disease that causes difficulties in walking, affects speech and sensation in legs and arms.

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User credits Apple Watch for high heart rate monitoring feature

Zies’ Apple Watch informed him of a high resting heart rate of 210 beats per minute. It turns out, Zies required an atrial ablation to correct the atrial flutter. Zies commented, ‘The Apple Watch was pretty much telling me something is up, and you need to go in and get help to see what is actually wrong.’ After the procedure, Zies’ heart rate went back to normal, and according to him, he is at about 90% recovered already!

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Apple Watch has a feature that allows users to set a High Heart Rate notification. Once this feature has been enabled, Apple Watch will send a push notification whenever it detects a heart rate that is above the given threshold during a time of 10 minutes of inactivity. Here is how to customize your low and high heart rate alerts on Apple Watch.

  1. In the iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Heart.
  3. Tap High Heart Rate, then choose a BPM.
  4. Tap Low Heart Rate, then choose a BPM.

This is not the first time that Apple Watch has been given credit for detecting abnormal heart conditions. Last year, a woman in North Carolina mentioned that her Apple Watch detected an abnormally high heart rate and after getting checked up she was diagnosed with a heart condition.

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