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A student was saved by his smart watch after it alerted him to a deadly heart condition - that he had been unaware of since birth.
Jorge Cox, 22, had five hours of open heart surgery in May 2019, at the private Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Manchester, after alerting medics to worrying heart rate readings from his Apple watch.
Mr - Cox - Studies - Arts - Something
Mr Cox, who studies performing arts, first realised something was wrong when the device recorded heart rate readings of over 130bpm while he was resting in September 2018.
He assumed the readings were to do with his caffeine intake and forgot all about it.
Throat - Procedure - Royal - Oldham - Hospital
But after mentioning it to a nurse - who was checking him over before an unrelated throat procedure - at the Royal Oldham Hospital in November 2018, doctors ran tests and diagnosed him with Aortic Regurgitation, also known as a leaky heart valve.
The condition occurs when the heart's aortic valve does not close tightly and results in some of the blood pumped out of the organ's main camber leaking back into it.
Heart - Failure - Medics - Mr - Cox
It can lead to sudden heart failure if not treated and medics told Mr Cox he could have 'dropped down dead' at any time.
Mr Cox, a graduate from Blackpool and The Fylde College, who lives in Oldham, Manchester, said: ''It all began when I kept getting these heart rhythm readings.
Apple - Watch - Spike - Heart - Rate
'Basically 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.
'Your heart rate usually spikes if you're doing something strenuous like excising or if you have lots of caffeine.
'It - Sense - Amount - Coffee - Exams
'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'd always have at least one large iced coffee from Starbucks each...
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