A MAN’S life was saved when his Apple Watch alerted him to a deadly heart condition.
Student Jorge Cox, 22, told docs the device recorded resting heart rates of 130 beats per minute — well above expected figures of between 60 and 100bpm.
Further tests revealed he had been born with a leaky heart valve.
Jorge, a graduate from Blackpool and The Fylde College, who lives in Oldham, Manchester, is recovering from surgery to fix the problem.
He said: “The Apple Watch tells you if there is a spike in heart rate, but mine kept happening when I was lying down, watching TV or dozing which is unusual.
“It didn’t make much sense, but I put it down to the amount of coffee I was drinking to get through my exams.
“I only mentioned it in passing to a nurse who was prepping me for a tonsillectomy because she asked if I had any history of heart problems.
‘DROPPED DEAD’ AT ANY TIME
“‘She was amazing and made sure it was checked out straight away – thank god she did.”
Without the Apple watch Jorge maintains that he might not be alive to ‘tell the tale’ as doctors warned that he could have ‘dropped down dead’ at any time.
The surgery, which involved breaking his sternum, replaced Jorge’s leaky valve with a new one, giving him a new lease of life.
Medics explained that the condition was most likely a defect since birth and that he’d been ‘very lucky’ to have it finally diagnosed.
Jorge is now recovering well at home and his heart rate and rhythm have returned to normal.
He said: ”I feel so blessed. Thank goodness I got an Apple watch, I’d be a walking death trap if I hadn’t.”
“My friends and family were almost more worried than me about it, they’ve admitted they thought they might not see me alive again.
‘The first few weeks recovery were the worse as I was in a huge amount of pain but it’s getting better every day.”