New Delhi: The medical fraternity on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India, stressing that it will make people more aware about their heart health. Although the Apple Watch will not provide a final conclusion into whether a person is actually suffering from Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which then embolises to the brain causing stroke — the readings will make more Indians consult their physicians about their heart health, doctors feel. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Although accurate worldwide estimates are lacking, calculations suggest that over one per cent of the adult population is affected in the developed world, wrote Vijay Bohra, Gautam Sharma and Rajnish Juneja from Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their research. “In our country, there is virtually no data on AF (AFib), most of the data that has been derived is from international studies with an Indian cohort,” the trio wrote, adding that there is “indeed a dearth of data on epidemiologic outcomes in patients of rheumatic AF in the country leading to inconsistent practice patterns as regards medical therapy, especially oral anticoagulation”. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India According to Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, AFib is more prone in those patients who are predisposed to have AFib and stroke. “Generally, we do holter monitoring (a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm) or extended holter monitoring which is a 24-hour ECG monitoring system, to detect AFib in the patients. However, it is not always necessary that these 2-3 episodes of AFib will occur during the time of the holter monitoring,” Goel told IANS. Hence, in such cases, Apple Watch will be playing a vital role in detecting AFib in time, he added. “Having said this, a person must wear the Watch both during day and night so that the occurrence of AFib is detected well in time,” Goel suggested. New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 or later, work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading. To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured. After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Associate Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital Noida said that smartwatches and fitness bands are now playing a vital role in updating the users about their heart health and the possible risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases. “Advanced and modern features like an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm monitor will surely be a huge help to the users. They can easily get the notifications about their heart rhythm and its classification in less than a minute. “The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted,” Bhardwaj told IANS. With watchOS 6, the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch Series 4 and the upcoming Series 5 on September 27 will use the optical heart sensor to occasionally check the user’s heart rhythm in the background for signals of an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be AFib. If irregular heart rhythm such as AFib is identified on five rhythm checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, a notification will be generated to alert the user. “Technology is moving at lightning speed and Apple is surely abreast with it. Rhythm identification via the phone is no longer a dream,” said Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi. “Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease,” she said. The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study. With over 400,000 participants, the Apple Heart Study was the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever conducted.
Singapore: An Indian national here was sentenced to four months of jail on Friday for molesting an air hostess on a flight from Kochi to Singapore in 2017, according to a media report. Vijayan Mathan Gopal, a quality assurance engineer, was found guilty after a trial in which he was charged with three counts of outraging the modesty of the 22-year-old victim while on a Scoot flight on November 2, 2017, Channel News Asia reported. The victim had testified during the trial that she had gone to Gopal to tell him firmly not to press the call light button for assistance again, after he did so repeatedly. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report He stroked her face and said “you are so beautiful”, before cupping her face with his hands, the report said. This made her feel “angry, uncomfortable and very disgusted”, but she could not push him away as he was a passenger, and instead leaned back and raised her voice, saying: “Sir, sir, sir.” He replied: “Do not throw your anger at me”, and “I’m the boss of this flight”. The victim tried to stand up but Gopal continued grabbing her right arm. When she tried again, he put his hand on her right thigh with great force. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests When she finally managed to get to her feet by grabbing the arm rest, she felt Gopal touched her by placing his palm on her left buttock. She later reported the incident to the plane captain and submitted a report to the airport police, the report said. District Judge Salina Ishak noted that the victim was the cabin crew member in charge of the flight, with 96 passengers packed into a confined space over several hours. She had to supervise air stewardesses and stewards under her charge, and had to deal with a medical emergency, a dispute Gopal had with another stewardess, and multiple call light button requests from the accused during the flight. The judge said that air travel is “a high-pressure environment”, with no ready escape for a molest victim aboard an aircraft. “The judge had taken into account the degree of sexual exploitation, the circumstances and the physical or psychological harm caused,” the report said. The judge said there had been “no intrusion into private parts” for all three charges, and that while the victim was shaken after the incident, there had been no evidence to show psychological harm. Gopal, a permanent resident of Singapore, had claimed that the victim and her colleague had fabricated the allegations after his complaints of poor service. The judge noted that he had cooperated with police investigations and attended all necessary court hearings. The defence said Gopal would be appealing against the conviction, and there was a tussle between both sides over the bail amount, with the judge eventually increasing bail to SGD15,000 pending appeal. Gopal following the charges has lost his job, and has no family members in Singapore, the court heard. For each charge of molesting the victim, he could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or given any combination of these penalties, the report said.