Here’s how an Apple Watch saved a man’s life

Life-saving notifications? There’s an app for that!

Here’s proof that wearable technology can be life-saving. An app on the Apple Watch recently helped save one man’s life by alerting him to the fact he needed immediate medical attention.

The man, it turned out, had a blood clot in his lungs that would’ve been fatal had he not got the help that he needed.

James Green, a 28-year-old reporter and podcaster from Brooklyn, was using the HeartWatch app at the time of the incident. The handy health app monitors a user’s heart rate throughout the day, and gives alerts should it go above or below certain levels.

Green had previously had an embolism (a blockage inside a blood vessel), which is what prompted using the app. “I wanted data on my heart since I had a previous pulmonary embolism,” he told the Telegraph. “And my watch is too old to have the new software update that enabled the heart rate alerts.”

Thanks to the app (and some quick thinking on Green’s part), he is still alive today. When HeartWatch began giving alerts about an unexpectedly high heart rate, he knew that something was amiss. He later credited the app with saving his life.

“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 explained.

“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.”

After seeking medical help, a CT scan revealed that Green had a dangerous blood clot in his lungs. It was then that he was transferred to a hospital, given further ultrasound scans, and then finally attached to a blood thinner drip to deal with the problem. Doctors reportedly told him that it would’ve been “fatal” has he waited any longer.

“It was the data I needed to prove this wasn’t just a panic attack. It helped me get the ball rolling,” said Green, who later tweeted the HeartWatch app company to thank them for their help in literally saving his life.

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