Heart Rate App In Apple Watch Saves Another Life

Apple might be getting a lot of hate for deliberately slowing down batteries and then the case of exploding batteries but there has been a lot of praise for the Apple Watch this past month. Earlier in the week, it was reported that the watch saved the life of a teenager, Deanna Recktenwald. She was alerted that her resting heart rate had jumped to 190 beats per minute and was rushed to the emergency room. The doctors informed her that she had kidney failure and that she would have lost her life had it not been for the quick response.

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“It was alarming that the watch was telling us to seek medical attention,” said the teenager’s mother Stacey Recktenwald. “I didn’t even know that it had the capability of giving us that alert.” She even wrote a letter to Apple thanking them for their product.

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She wrote, “I am forever grateful to Apple for developing such an amazing lifesaving product. If it wasn’t for her Apple watch alarming her about her HR we wouldn’t have discovered her kidney issue. I honestly feel that your Apple Watch has saved my daughter’s life.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook personally responded to the letter and even shared the story on Twitter.

Stacey Recktenwald told ABC she will be buying her own Apple Watch and added that her daughter wears her watch even when she sleeps. “She’s so dependent on it because she was so shocked when the doctor said she was in kidney failure,” the mother said.

Only days after this story broke, William Monzidelis shared his own experience of how the Apple Watch saved his life as well. The 32-year old man started to feel dizzy when he was at work. He went to the bathroom and noticed that he had begun bleeding. The watch then alerted him that his heart rate was at an alarming level.

He was rushed to the hospital while he continued to bleed. He had lost 80% of his blood by the time he was admitted and received emergency blood transfusions and was sent straight to surgery which ended in his life being saved at the last minute.

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Apple launched a partnership with Stanford Medicine for the Apple Heart Study app last year in November. This app is responsible for recognizing heart rate and rhythm. “Every week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “These stories inspire us and we’re determined to do more to help people understand their health. Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.”

It truly is nice to see the technology saving people’s lives.

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