Apple Watch notification helps save man’s life

2017-10-18 15:55
PHOTO: @_jamestgreen/ Twitter

PHOTO: @_jamestgreen/ Twitter

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An American man says he never thought his life would be saved by a “stupid” Apple watch he bought a couple of years ago.

Well, it did and now he’s singing its praises.

James Green (28), a reporter from New York, took to Twitter to share his story. It’s since earned him over 11 000 retweets and 32 000 likes.

“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 (sic),” he wrote on Twitter.

James told his followers that the app, called Heart Watch, sent him a push notification after detecting something unusual.

In an interview with The Telegraph, James says if the app hadn’t picked up the problem, it would have been fatal.

“I got an alert from Heart Watch that my heart rate was continually above my resting heart rate of 54, even when I was just sitting at my desk,” he told The Telegraph.

“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 – I have severe generalised anxiety. It was something more,” he added.

He called a doctor right away and was rushed to the hospital.

Explaining pulmonary embolism to his followers, he said: “It’s basically a blood clot that moves to your lungs and can basically stop your breathing if it gets too big.”

He was put on blood thinners and thanks to his clever watch he was discharged the same day.   

And to his worried friends who kept asking him whether he was okay, James had this to say, “Oh yeah I’m good, caught it right on time. I feel like I belong in a f****ng Apple commercial.”

The post has also led to others sharing how technology came to their rescue as well.

Spooky Darius responded to James’ post saying he’d had chest pains not so long ago.

“Checked my HR [heart rate] on my @SamsungUS Galaxy S5 and it was high. Ended up needing a cardiac ablation. Tech is helpful af [sic],” he gushed.

According to the app Heart Watch’s website, the Apple watch is a highly sophisticated instrument that measures and captures your heart rate data:

“It lets you see how your heart is beating across four simple views: waking, regular, workout and sleeping. Each of these views are isolated because, while you may want a higher heart rate during a workout, if your heart is racing when you aren’t doing any exercise, then this is likely not a good thing and probably something you might want to show your medical practitioner.”

Sources: Twitter, Telegraph, Heart watch


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