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An Apple Watch credited for saving a teen’s life


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The Apple Watch keeps tabs on its wearer’s heart rate, and sends alerts if something looks strange.


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A Florida teenager may have ended up in the hospital, but things could’ve reportedly been a lot worse if she wasn’t wearing her Apple Watch, according to local news station ABC WFTS Tampa Bay.

According to a reported statement by the family, 18-year-old Deanna Recktenwald was at church when her Apple Watch sent her an alert about an unusually high heart rate. Recktenwald reported feeling fine besides a headache and shortness of breath. Later, she received another alert that her heart rate had hit 190 beats per minute. She ended up in the emergency room, according to the statement.

Doctors figured out Recktenwald was suffering from kidney failure and diagnosed her with a chronic kidney disease. Recktenwald’s family said the disease would’ve gone unnoticed if it weren’t for her Apple Watch.

Apple CEO Tim Cook later tweeted that Recktenwald’s story inspired him:

A different teen claimed an Apple Watch saved his life when he started experiencing chest pains during football practice in 2015; he later learned that he had rhabdomyolysis. Wearables like the Apple Watch have sometimes been touted for their health benefits, and even Tim Cook credits his to losing weight.

Apple and Tampa General Hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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