A notification on an Apple Watch has saved a man’s life, after it alerted him of an unusual spike in his heart rate.
James Green, the owner of the watch, who is a reporter and a podcast, from Brooklyn, New York, tweeted that he never thought that a “stupid lil wrist computer” that he had bought two years ago would end up saving his life.
He said that he saw that his heart rate was going up and after checking it out, it turned out to be a pulmonary embolism.
The 28 year old stated that he owed his life to the HeartWatch app, an app that monitors a person’s heart rate continuously throughout the entire day and notifies them when it increases or decreases over a certain threshold.
James Green told The Telegraph that his doctor was glad that he called, informing him that had he waited for longer length of time that it would have been fatal. James Green describes himself as a “serial health tracker” and explained how he had wanted data on his heart rate since he had a previous pulmonary embolism.
James recalled the moment he realized that something was amiss.
“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. 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.” – James Green
A CT scan determined the location of the clots and James was rushed to the hospital and was placed on blood thinners to reverse the clot damage after going through a couple of ultrasounds. He credited the app with saving his life and saying that it sent him the data that helped him realise that it was not a panic attack he was suffering from.
The HeartWatch application creator, David Walsh, was very pleased and humbled that his app had played a vital role in saving a man’s life and said that the outcome was “absolutely wonderful”. David Walsh had decided to create the app in 2015 after his father died at the age of 56 as a complication of 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.” – David Walsh
He also added that some doctors are recommending the HeartWatch app, as well as the Apple Watch to their patients. The app has since saved lives and changed them, as well as has the ability to allow people to share their data with their doctors.