Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism


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Wearing an Apple Watch has become the difference between life and death for a New York man who never expected that buying one could save his life.

James Green, a 28-year-old from Brooklyn, describes himself as a serial data tracker. When he bought the original Apple Watch two years ago, he picked it up mostly for the notifications and tracking bike rides. Now, thanks to a heart-tracking app, it’s become a big part of his health story.

Green was unknowingly suffering from a pulmonary embolism when he had his Apple Watch on. His wrist lit up with a notification from HeartWatch. Cross-referencing that data with some of his previous readings, he realized his heart rate was higher and something might be seriously wrong.

Using the Apple Watch, Green developed a habit of tracking all his data such as food, water, sleep and heart rate. He had a pulmonary embolism a few years before he got an Apple Watch, but having quick access to the data proved invaluable.

“It was cool to open up the Health app and show it to my physicians and give them more data to work with,” said Green. “I had no idea this watch would save my life.”

Apple Watch has saved the life of a number of wearers over the last two years!me ven though it’s not registered with the Food and Drug Administration as a medical accessory. New sensors and tech could make the wearable even more valuable in the future. The FDA has also created a fast track for medical products to help Apple and a few other companies innovate faster in the field.

Researchers rated Apple Watch as the most accurate heart rate monitor among smartwatches. During the company’s iPhone X event, Apple released a video of Apple Watch wearers sharing their stories on how the device helped them live healthier lives.