Apple Watch Saves New York Man from Pulmonary Embolism

Wearing an Apple Watch has become the difference between life and death for a New York man, who never expected that a little tiny wrist watch 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.

Thanks to heart-rate tracking app HeartWatch, Green got notified that he was unknowingly suffering from a pulmonary embolism when he had his Apple Watch on. The app lit up with a notification, and when cross-referenced that data with some of his previous readings, he realized his heart rate was higher and something might be seriously wrong.

He had a pulmonary embolism a few years before he got an Apple Watch, but having quick access to the data proved invaluable. In a statement, Green said:

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

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.