Background The Apple Watch has the capability to record a lead 1 electrocardiogram (ECG) and can identify and report atrial fibrillation. The use for detecting myocardial ischaemia is not endorsed by Apple but is documented in this case Case summary A 76-year-old man made a lead 1 ECG with his Apple Watch immediately after exercising on a cross trainer. He was fully asymptomatic. The ECG showed an unusual negative T-wave in this lead 1 that deepened in a few minutes and returned to normal after 22 min. He consulted a cardiologist and a standard exercise ECG confirmed the negative T-wave in lead 1 after maximal exercise and in addition showed widespread ST-depression indicating myocardial ischaemia, again without any clinical symptoms. Further studies revealed severe obstructive three-vessel coronary artery disease that was considered not suitable for percutaneous intervention. A coronary artery bypass operation on all involved vessels was performed successfully. Recovery was uneventful and an exercise ECG repeated 11 weeks later was normal Discussion We demonstrated that the lead 1 ECG made with the Apple Watch can reliably record T-wave changes indicating myocardial ischaemia. The use of the Apple Watch to document ischaemic changes should be studied systematically for its potential to identify myocardial ischaemia, mainly triggered by symptoms but maybe for asymptomatic persons as well.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberytae043
JournalEuropean Heart Journal - Case Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


  • Apple Watch
  • Case report
  • Ischaemia detection
  • Myocardial ischaemia
  • Silent ischaemia

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