The user’s relentless Apple Watch gets to the ER just in time

Cleveland News5 (trans 9to5Mac) recently published a story about a guy named Ken Conihan who loved using his Apple Watch. With the device on his wrist, Counihan would track his exercises and listen to music with his Apple Watch. “I’m very active and I do — I like to keep track of what I’m doing — calorie stuff. I’ll take it off and charge it so I can wear it during the day… I wear it to bed as well — sleep tracking too.”

The Apple Watch gave two warnings to one user on the same day saving his life in the process

But Ken’s routine with his Apple Watch changed last October. He tells the story. “I got an alert in October that my breathing was up. So, basically, you have a certain number of breaths per minute, I said I went from 14 to 17 or 18,” Conihan said. “My wife had me make a phone call to my son and he suggested I go to outpatient care, have a look at her, which I did. And they just did an x-ray. And they gave me some medicine for bronchitis at the appointment.”

So Counihan realized that despite the warning from his Apple Watch, he got off fairly easily (bronchitis is no walk in the park, but it does come with serious heart disease). But the Apple Watch, once it detects a problem, is stubborn. On the same day he was diagnosed with bronchitis, he started a blood oxygen monitor on the machine. Once again, Ken gives us the gameplay.

“My blood oxygen—which is usually in the mid-90s, which is what it’s supposed to be, kind of 95 and up—started going out until the mid-80s,” Conihan said. “It was 10 o’clock at night. My wife was so worried. My son was so worried. I was like ‘I just want to go to bed.'” I’m tired… and they were both like, “No, you should get to the ER.” He went to the emergency room and this time, after hearing the numbers he gave Apple Watch, doctors ordered more tests.
Doctors found that Conihan was suffering from a more life-threatening illness than bronchitis. “They took me back for a CT scan and found that I had blood clots all over my lungs,” he said. According to Dr. Lucy Frangiek, an emergency physician at the Cleveland Clinic, this was a serious condition that could have cost Kane his life. The doctor said, “Blood clots can actually become a life-threatening condition if they are not caught early enough.”

Had he ignored the alert from his Apple Watch, Ken Counihan likely would have died overnight

Fortunately for Counihan, his Apple Watch was on the clock (no pun intended) and warned him about his SP02 level. The doctors said it was a good thing Ken went to the emergency room. That’s because 60% of people with this condition who are in the same phase as Counihan go to sleep and don’t wake up the next morning.

Dr. Frangic said she’s seeing more patients come into the emergency room with test results from their smartwatches and other devices. She says, “We have patients who come in and notice these trends of ‘my heart rate is higher than normal’ or ‘it appears to me that… I have an abnormal rhythm. And so having that information can kind of help the doctor in trying to diagnose the underlying problem and help prevent any life-threatening emergencies from happening.”

Not only does Counihan credit the Apple Watch with saving his life, but he also has friends who bought the device because of what happened to him. “I just had dinner with a friend last night…and he’s looking forward to getting my Apple Watch now. It saved my life. It’s amazing.”

Conihan has been on blood thinners and feels much better.


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