When Patricia Lauder bought a Fitbit fitness tracker to count her steps, she never thought it would do more than help her lose weight. But now, the 73-year-old says the Fitbit saved her life. A few months ago, Patricia felt ill and thought her sinus infection may have turned into pneumonia. So she went to the doctors to have that checked out but it turned out to be negative.
How Patricia’s Fitbit saved her life
Later on, Patricia started noticing her resting heart rate on her Fitbit was climbing higher every day. One day, she experienced shortness of breath and her heart rate spiked to 140 beats per minute. She called an ambulance right away and after undergoing a CT scan, doctors discovered a potentially life-threatening problem – two pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots clogging an artery in the lung.
Dr. JuYong Lee of UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut told CBS News that Patricia’s heart was also enlarged.
Lee explained that the blood clots in Lauder’s lung put strain on her heart, causing blood pressure and oxygen levels to drop to dangerous levels. Luckily, Patricia received clot-busting drugs right away and the next day her clots were gone. Who knew a Fitbit could save lives?
Other life-saving Fitbit cases
In Australia, a woman noticed her heartbeat was 150 beats per minute on her Fitbit (a normal resting heart rate ranges between 60 and 100 beats a minute for adults.) She went to see a doctor and was later referred to a cardiologist and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
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