Apple Watch helps save the life of a man with heart issues

February is American Heart Month and KIRO 7 is looking at advances in life-saving treatment here in Western Washington.

Heart disease is the leading killer in both men and women. But new heart monitoring technology in the Apple Watch helped save a Bothell man’s life.

Cardiologist Dr. Phil Massey of Pacific Medical Centers in Seattle showed KIRO 7 the advancements in preventing heart disease related deaths. That included the Apple Watch and its ability to detect atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, which is an irregular, fast heartbeat.