While smartwatches are termed by many as a fad, a useless gadget, a superfluous smartphone accessory and so on, but here’s a case that might show how future smartwatches could not only make our life easier, but could even save lives.
Paul Houle, a football player at Tabor Academy, purchased Apple Watch a few days ago. He was alarmed to see extremely high heart-rate readings, even several hours after playing football. Here’s how he described his situation:
“It was the first day of pre-season. The first practice was from 10 until 12 and the second practice was from 3 to 5. During my second practice, I started to have problems breathing and I had pain in my back, which turned out later to be my kidneys failing.”
After seeing the readings on the watch, Paul’s trainer took him to the school nurse, who took a few readings, before taking him to the hospital. Later, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a symptom linked to muscle injury. It occurs when the muscle tissues breakdowns and releases protein into the bloodstream.
Although the disease is pretty common, however, Paul’s case was very extreme and he’s lucky to have survived the ordeal – thanks to the Apple Watch. Had he failed to get medical attention in time, it was very likely he would have lost control of all his muscles and could have died.
It’s really great when technology serves humanity, and hopefully smartwatches will play a major role in the coming days.