Another reason not to part with the Apple Watch
Testimonials from Apple Watch users have left a record of the device’s ability to alert about health changes in different situations, but rarely have these notifications managed to wake up one of them to save their lives. Until today. According to the story of a 29-year-old woman, an Apple Watch alert was key to saving her from the consequences of a pulmonary embolism.
Cincinnati youngster Kimmie Watkins has publicly credited her Apple Watch with being the first alert that helped doctors to discover a life-threatening blood clot in your lungs and to receive the appropriate treatment to avoid more serious consequences.
As Watkins has told WKRC, she was taking a nap after feeling dizzy and out of breath. while she slept, your Apple Watch detected an irregular heartbeat of 178 beats per minute. This triggered an alert that woke her up.
I am very lucky and if my nap hadn’t ended, my partner would have found me, maybe asleep on the couch, not really sleeping instead of what happened.
The wake up, Kimmie sought medical attention and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. A condition with a 50% mortality rate, which limits blood flow through both lungs.
In addition to telling the specific situation that has made him thankful for having the Apple Watch on at that time, he has also reflected on the importance of taking advantage of existing technology.
It can be seen as being too connected or something, but I think it can be helpful in a health sense, and not just in a connection to people sense.
As Apple has explained in various publications and documents, heart rate monitoring occurs through a somewhat complex system called photoplethysmography. Thus, the data is obtained from using green LED lights, combined with light-sensitive photodiodes. This is intended to illuminate the skin and measure changes in the absorption of reflected light.
Of course, the process includes more complex stages to achieve the final result, with which Apple has saved the lives of thousands of users. As happened as a woman who collapsed in her hotel room after aortic dissection.