An apple smartwatch application showed a spike in heart rate which turned out to be a blood clot.
The idea of a wearable technology app has become extremely commonplace to the point that many of us don’t think much of them. However, as it turns out, under the right circumstances they have the ability to save a person’s life.
This was what happened when a man names James Green had his life saved by his Apple smartwatch.
James Green, an American man living in New York, formerly employed with MTV, shared his experience with his wearable technology app on Twitter. The 28 year old used the HeartWatch application along with his Apple Watch. One day, his device notified him that his heart rate had experienced a significant spike.
“Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought 2 years ago would save my life. Saw my rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism,” tweeted Green. Soon afterward, he tweeted “Shout out to @HeartWatchApp, y’all made a helluva thing.”
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The wearable technology app uses the smartwatch sensors to capture and monitor personal health data.
In this way, the smartwatches and associated applications allow device wearers to keep a watch over their daily heart rates as well as their realtime pulse. In Green’s case, this meant that he received a warning that allowed doctors to predict a pulmonary embolism. That condition involves a blocked blood vessel within the lungs, which can be life threatening if immediate action is not taken.
Green had previously suffered a pulmonary embolism and took the detected heart rate spike seriously. Had he not detected the issue in time, the condition could have been fatal, said Green’s doctor.
According to Green, he recognized the problem because his HeartWatch wearable technology app indicated his heart rate was well below his typical resting heart rate of 54, despite the fact that he was sedentary at his desk. That, combined with other symptoms he was experiencing pushed Green to know he wasn’t suffering a panic attack and that he needed to act. His doctors conducted scans and prescribed new medication that saved his life.