Looking around in this generation, you are most likely to see someone with a smartwatch on their wrist.  Some of these include Apple Watches, Galaxy Watches or Fitbits.  As a spreading epidemic, smart watches are not only convenient to use, but might even save your life.

In September 2019, Bob Burdett was mountain biking one day at Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington when he tragically fell, hitting his head and knocking him unconscious. Luckily, he was wearing his Apple Watch that ended up saving his life.

Series 4 and 5 Apple Watches have the feature fall detection functionality, which can detect a hard fall and whether or not you are moving afterwards.  If it senses you moving, it will wait until you dismiss the alert before calling for help.  On the other hand, if you are not moving, it will call 911 for help and send an SOS to the person’s emergency contacts with the location of where you are.

The fall detection is only turned on by default for Watch users over 65 years of age.  In order to turn it on, you would need to open the Apple Watch app with the paired iPhone, click Emergency SOS and then turn Fall Detection on.

These updated smartwatches can track your heart rate, daily activity, sleep, blood pressure and more in order to raise awareness of a person’s healthcare.  There are more improvements to come with smartwatches as both Apple and Fitbit have increased their focus on the healthcare market for technology.

More information: https://www.theweek.in/news/sci-tech/2019/09/25/apple-watch-saves-mans-life-by-calling-911-after-he-falls-from-his-bike.html.

In a different case, a Samsung watch was able to save 13-year-old Austin Hardison from Arizona of a rare heart condition he did not know he had.  The teenager started feeling light-headed while he watching TV during the summer, so he used his smartwatch to check his heart rate.

As a surprise, the watch calculated his heart rate being 219 beats per minute.  According to the American Heart Association, the average resting heart rate stays between 60 and 100 beats per minute.  To find the maximum heart rate your heart should ever reach, you take 220 minus your age, but that is only for participating in demanding physical activity.

After becoming aware of his fast-pace heart rate, his mom, Lynsey Hardison, took the son to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to get him looked at by a doctor.  Come to find out, the teenager was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome occurs when people are born with an extra electrical pathway between their heart’s upper and lower chambers.  According to the Mayo Clinic, children who are diagnosed with this condition are most likely not able to participate in high-impact sports.

To find out more information about Austin Hardison and his story, visit https://nypost.com/2019/08/27/smartwatchs-heart-rate-monitor-saved-teens-life/.

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