Who: Mark C., Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Mark’s Story

I wear the Oura Ring all day and all night and I also wear an Apple Watch. Around March 21 of this year, I started receiving high heart rate alerts from my Apple Watch. I ignored it thinking it was just stress related to all the news of COVID-19. I had my watch go off several times, but I just ignored it. There were several times where I felt my heart racing, but I again just ignored it thinking it was stress/anxiety.

“The night of May 5, I could barely sleep because my heart had been beating so quickly. In the morning, I remembered that my Oura Ring tracked my Heart Rate Trends during the night. I pulled up my heart rate in the app and discovered my heart rate had basically been above 120 BPM since March 21.


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I had my wife drive me to the emergency room after seeing the data. I was admitted to the hospital and ultimately diagnosed with Atrial Flutter. This is a condition that causes the upper right chamber of your heart to beat at a very high rate. The condition can ultimately cause a stroke as blood pools in the lower chambers of the heart, which can clot and ultimately give you a stroke.

Fortunately, they were able to completely correct the heart condition by doing an Aortic Ablation. They were able to identify the portion of the heart causing the electrical imbalance and perform an ablation on it. The procedure is essentially “a cure.” I’m on the mend now and will return to work soon.

I wanted to thank you for the Oura Ring. It quite literally may have saved my life. I only wished I had checked the data a little sooner, so it did not go on for so long.

Thank you for creating such an amazing product.”

Where Can You Find This Data?

You can find your average resting heart rate (RHR) graph on both your Readiness and Sleep tabs in your Oura app. Tap on either the graph or the values below to view your trend over time.

What Patterns Can You Look For?

The Oura ring is not a medical device, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, monitor, or prevent medical conditions or illnesses. That being said, if you see that your body is deviating significantly from your normal resting heart rate and are concerned, you should consult your doctor right away. Many users have used their Oura data to help communicate how their body is doing with their healthcare providers.

Read More: 4 Ways Poor Sleep Affects Your Heart Health

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