Apple Watch detected its owner’s blood clot

26. 06. 2023 | Kristýna Bezděková

The number of cases where the Apple Watch smartwatch has proven to be not only a movement and health tracker, but also a life saver, continues to grow. One of these cases occurred recently with a user in Cincinnati, USA.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kimmie Watkins from Cincinnati owes her Apple Watch for saving her life after doctors discovered a life-threatening blood clot in her lungs thanks to it. Ohio news station WKRC reported on the case. The latter said in its report that the Apple Watch detected a serious blood disorder in the said user.

Kimmie Watkins considers herself a proud Apple Watch wearer, and states that she hopes her case will convince others to consider using it as well. Thanks to her Apple Watch, Kimmie learned that she has a bleeding disorder that she didn’t know about until recently. The Apple Watch can measure your heart rate throughout the day and detect if your heart rate is elevated even when you’re not active. It was thanks to this feature that the aforementioned user was able to seek medical attention in time. One day, in her own words, she felt dizzy and went to take a nap. While she was sleeping, her Apple Watch detected an irregular heartbeat of 178 beats per minute. That triggered an alert that woke her up. After seeking medical attention, she was told she had a pulmonary embolism, which has a 50% mortality rate. This condition restricts blood flow through both lungs. The embolism was caused by a blood clot. Kimmie Watkins is now well and taking blood thinners.


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Kristýna Bezděková

Kristýna is a student of marketing and communication in an undergraduate program. She writes and translates content into the Czech language


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