Apple Watch helps find a rare but potentially fatal tumor and saves another life
The Apple Watch continues to save lives as every few weeks there is another story to pass along about how the timepiece gave its user a timely warning about something wrong with his or her body that needed a doctor’s attention immediately. The device also calls for emergency help when it is needed. For example, if the user passes out and hits the floor, emergency services will be contacted.
The condition discovered by the Apple Watch could easily have killed 67 year old Kim Durkee
Since Kim still owns her Apple Watch, you can guess what happened. Doctors discovered a myxoma which is a rare fast-growing tumor that can restrict the blood flow to the heart and cause a stroke. The surgeons had to operate on her performing open-heart surgery for over 5 hours to remove the 4 cm tumor. After 11 days, she was discharged from the hospital.
When the doctors asked her how she knew that she had AFib, Kim said, “”Because my watch told me.” She also said after the operation, “I consider myself to be very lucky, to be here and talking to you.” Doctors say that Kim most certainly would have died had her Apple Watch not given her the warning that led to the surgery that removed the mixoma. Not only didn’t Durkee toss her Apple Watch, but she also won’t even unstrap it when she visits the doctor.
Apple could introduce three new lifesaving timepieces in less than 8 weeks from today
This September we could see Apple introduce three new Apple Watch models, all with a bigger screen than the one on the Apple Watch Series 7. Besides the Apple Watch 8, we could see a very expensive Apple Watch Pro (which is rumored to cost as much as the iPhone 13 Pro ($999 and up). It could sport a 2-inch display (compared to the rumored 1.9-inch display for the Apple Watch 8) and a case size of 46mm or 47mm.
Health features for the Apple Watch 8 series could include a body-temperature sensor, improved irregular-heartbeat monitoring, and enhanced sleep patterns tracking. Besides the expensive Apple Watch 8 Pro and the Apple Watch 8, a new Apple Watch SE could surface offering many of the Apple Watch’s best features at a lower price.
When Apple first put together the retail sales channels for the Apple Watch, it included high-end jewelry stores and other purveyors of high fashion. But it soon became clear that the Apple Watch has plenty of practical uses and would be a success as a simple watch that people of all demographics might want and could enjoy.