An American woman says her smart watch may have saved her life.
In the middle of March, Heather Hendershot was watching TV on the couch when her watch started beeping. It had detected her resting heart rate was too high, above 100 beats per minute. (A healthy resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.)
Hendershot, 25, of Scranton, Kansas, thought she was young, had never experienced any heart problems and gave birth to a baby four months earlier with no complications. Hendershot thought she simply was too healthy for something to be wrong.
She felt fine and thought a good night’s sleep would lower it. “I couldn’t feel it going fast, I couldn’t feel it beating hard,” Hendershot told a local newspaper.
The next morning, her watch indicated her heart rate was still too fast.
With young children in the house she decided to have it checked.
An urgent care doctor sent her to the emergency room.
“They did some lab work, gave me some IV fluid and then with the lab work they noticed my thyroid was out of wack,” she said.
She was diagnosed with thyroid storm.
“I had no idea that even existed, but can be fatal if left untreated,” she said.
Her husband Cody Hendershot said what they thought was the flu was something potentially far worse.
“Come to find out it could be a life-threatening thing,” he said. “So, the watch kind of saved her life when you find that out.”
Now Heather Hendershot keeps her watch on day and night.
“I will not take it off,” she said.
Hendershot said she didn’t think she’d need the heart rate monitor when she bought the watch but she’s glad she has it.
She said her husband and aunt are planning on getting smart watches now too.—Agencies