Apple Watch heart rate alerts helps woman discover supraventricular tachycardia heart condition

A home nurse in Fayetteville, N.C. was reportedly put on a path to discovering supraventricular tachycardia by her Apple Watch.

As reported by local ABC 11 news, Beth Stamps, who is a home health nurse, noticed her heart rate rising while at a patients house. She said she felt like she just finished marathon, and couldn’t get her heart rate to drop by relaxing.

Her Series 4 Watch indicated that her heart rate had hit 177 beats per minute — higher than what most athletes encounter at the peak of a workout.

Coworkers had her rushed to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, a form of arrhythmia.

Stamps said that she’s experienced what’s felt like a racing heartbeat in the past for short periods of time, but it has always subsided. Having her Apple Watch quantify exactly what was happening with her heart rate not doubt helped her make a quick decision to seek medical attention. She’s now taking mediation to help correct the abnormal heart rate.

Apple Watch has saved many lives with features like being able to dial 911 with the Side button and more. However, with fall detection, ECG, and irregular heart rate detection on the Apple Watch Series 4, the wearable is becoming even more valuable to Apple users.