A 28-year-old reporter is claiming that his Apple Watch saved his life after the gadget notified him of a life-threatening blood clot. The watch alerted him to a sudden increase in his heart rate, one of the signs of a pulmonary embolism, which James Green, the reporter, had suffered from before. He immediately sought medical attention.
As reported by the Daily Mail, after Green checked himself into a hospital, doctors found a potentially deadly clot in his lung. A pulmonary embolism prevents blood from reaching lung tissues and can be fatal in a manner of minutes.
Green, who hails from New York, said in a post on Twitter: “Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought 2 years ago would save my life. Saw my [heart] rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism.”
The alert from his Apple Watch led him to pay attention to his heart rate, which wasn’t returning to its usual resting rate.
Green, who suffers from anxiety, quickly ascertained that he wasn’t having a panic attack, another condition that can lead to an elevated heart rate, and went to a medical center for help. A CT scan of his lungs showed the clot.
“They did a couple of ultrasounds to monitor and put me on a blood thinner drip to reverse the clot damage,” said Green.
“It was the data I needed to prove this wasn’t just a panic attack. It helped me get the ball rolling.”
David Walsh, the creator of the app that ultimately saved Green’s life, stated he was “humbled” to have played a role in such an “absolutely wonderful” outcome.
Walsh said, “The stories I hear about how the app and the Apple Watch have changed people’s lives and sometimes saved their lives is truly heartwarming.”
Green isn’t alone in his experience. Scott Thomas, a 51-year-old from North Wales, stated his heart rate monitor helped him seek out what turned out to be life-saving treatment and a 22-year-old man used an SOS feature on his Apple Watch to call for help after being crushed in a car accident.
LED light technology in the Apple Watch allows the device to measure the wearer’s heart rate and relay information. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco demonstrated that the gadget is capable of detecting the irregular heart rate associated with atrial fibrillation, a condition that can potentially trigger a fatal stroke.