blog For those of you who’ve been relatively dubious about the supposed health benefits of wearing an Apple Watch, I recommend you check out this story posted by long-time Australian technology journo Garry Barker earlier this month. According to Barker, he was feeling a bit off so checked the heart rate monitor on his Apple Watch. The result?
“It showed 50 beats a minute, a bit slow perhaps. I tapped it again. This time it showed 150 beats a minute! Not good. I opened Cardio, the heart rate app, on my iPhone, and got the same result. Then to the Health app on the iPhone, where the health and fitness data from the watch is displayed on a dashboard. It showed irregularity, with spiking of between 120 and 150 beats a minute.”
Armed with this knowledge, Barker was able to immediately seek medical assistance, which resulted in life-saving surgery to correct a blocked artery. I was very glad to hear that it seems like he has made a pretty full recovery.
To me, this situation really demonstrates the huge potential for positive health applications which the emerging class of wearable technology devices has. I’m not in the same situation as Barker — being quite a bit younger. And I’m not expecting any radical health issues any time soon. However, I have already been monitoring my health for several years already through the use of my Jawbone UP24 device. It has assisted me with getting better sleep habits, as well as pushing me to exercise more. No doubt both of these facets will have a positive long-term impact on my health.
Are you using a wearable technology device yet? Are you using it to assist with keeping your health up?
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