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Man Says His Apple Watch Saved His Life

A man from New York picked up an Apple watch two years ago to monitor his health. Day in, day out, the watch would monitor his heart rate, and he paid little attention to it as it went along doing its job. One day he noticed some odd readings. He decided to give his doctor a call, just in case, and it's a good thing he did. If he hadn't the doctor says it could have been a fatal mistake.

James Green, a reporter and podcaster from Brooklyn, says one day his HeartWatch app kept telling him that his heart rate was high. Even when he was sitting behind his desk, not straining himself, the watch alerted him that the heart rate was unusually high. Instead of blowing it off, Green decided to check with the doctor.

“Saw my heart rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism," reports Green.

Green says he's a 'serial health tracker'.

“I wanted data on my heart since I had a previous pulmonary embolism," he says. “And my watch is too old to have the new software update that enabled the heart rate alerts.”

But it's a good thing he was paying attention. “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," Green told Telegraph.co.uk. “That, along with other symptoms I was having, was enough data I needed to act on it, and realize it wasn’t a panic attack (since I have severe generalized anxiety), that it was something more.”

Green got in touch with his doctor, who sent him for a CT scan. The doctor said if Green had waited it 'would have been fatal'.

Thanks to the early detection, the hospital was able to put Green on a blood thinner drip and monitor him until the clot damage was reversed. He says he never would have known until it was too late if not for his app.

“It was the data I needed to prove this wasn’t just a panic attack. It helped me get the ball rolling.”

On Twitter, Green sent the message, "shout out to @HeartWatchApp, y’all made a helluva thing."

"Thanks! Also wow! This is so fantastic that you are ok. Humbled to have played a part. Wishing you a rapid recovery & best of future health," HeartWatch responded.

"Thank YOU for making an app that runs so well on my super old watch, y’all literally saved my life," Green tweeted back.

David Walsh created the app in 2015 after his father died of a heart complication at the age of 56. “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,” Walsh says.

He says he feels it was 'truly humbling to have played a part' in saving Green's life.

“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,” he says. “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.”

Source: Telegraph
Photo: James Green/Twitter

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