A testament to its life-saving capabilities, the Apple Watch has once again proven its worth, this time in Cincinnati. Kimmie Watkins, a 29-year-old woman, owes her life to the alert she received from her Apple Watch while she was asleep, as reported by WKRC (via 9to5Mac).
Earlier that day, Watkins was feeling unwell, experiencing dizziness, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Attributing her symptoms to a lack of food, she took a nap later in the day. Little did she know, her Apple Watch was about to become her guardian angel. “I was asleep for about an hour and a half before my watch woke me up with this alarm that said that my heart rate had been too high for too long,” Watkins explained. “So for over 10 minutes, it was too high.”
Watkins’ heart rate reached a staggering 178 beats per minute, a level normally associated with professional athletes during intense performance. Following her visit to the hospital, she was diagnosed with a saddle pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening condition, according to Dr. Richard Becker, a cardiologist at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. Dr. Becker reiterated that the survival rate for such a condition is a mere 50%. He explained, “A saddle pulmonary embolism is the most severe and life-threatening of all, because it’s a blood clot that saddles both the blood vessel to the right lung and to the left lung.”
Dr. Richard Becker is currently involved in a nationwide study investigating the efficacy of smartwatches in detecting atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is characterized by irregular heartbeats and can lead to strokes, blood clots, and heart failure. Many individuals remain unaware of their condition, leaving it untreated. However, Apple Watch users can now be notified of irregular heart rhythm through the Irregular Rhythm Notification Feature (IRNF) and the ECG app.
Watkins proudly wears her Apple Watch and hopes that her story will inspire others to do the same. She believes, “While some may view it as being too connected or overly reliant on technology, I see it as an invaluable health tool rather than just a means of connectivity.” Furthermore, Watkins discovered an undiagnosed clotting issue and is currently taking blood thinners as she endeavors to regain her strength. She now checks her Apple Watch obsessively, knowing that it has become an integral part of her well-being.
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