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How an Apple Watch detected lung blood clot saving a man's life

Had it not been treated in time, the clot 'would have been fatal'.

  • Published: October 17, 2017 1:19 PM IST
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Ever since the launch of the first series of the Apple Watch, the company has stressed on the importance of a health device, and how the Watch was dedicated as one. Now, 28-year-old Apple Watch user James Green tweeted how this “stupid lil wrist computer” saved his life.

Green was alerted of an abnormally high heart rate that prompted him to seek medical attention. He was using a third-party app called HearWatch, which monitors heart rate constantly throughout the day, and sends a notification if it drops below or rises over a certain threshold. According to The Telegraph, Green’s condition “would have been fatal” had he not referred to the readings from the watch and sought immediate medical attention.

Green had suffered a brief pulmonary embolism. Green says that the alert from his Apple Watch, along with other symptoms, prompted him to seek medical attention immediately. From there, a CT scan was ordered, and it revealed blood clots in Green’s lungs. ALSO READ: Apple patents self-adjusting watch band design

“I got an alert from HeartWatch that my heart rate was continually above my resting heart rate of 54, even when I was just sitting at my desk. That along with other symptoms I was having was enough data I needed to act on it, and realise it wasn’t a panic attack (since I have severe generalised anxiety), that it was something more,” said Green.

HeartWatch creator David Walsh also offered some color on his inspiration to create the app, explaining that his father died at age 56 due to a sudden heart problem, “As the Apple Watch has evolved, so has the app. What it can do is check your non active heart rate constantly throughout the day and if it falls above or below a specific threshold then it will give you an alert.”

“Over the last few years, the stories I hear about how the app and the Apple Watch have changed people’s lives and sometimes saved their lives are truly heartwarming. What’s also interesting is that I also added an ability to let people share their data with their doctors and this has been incredibly popular,” Walsh added. ALSO READ: Apple working to resolve LTE issues in latest smartwatch

  • Published Date: October 17, 2017 1:19 PM IST