Can a Fitness Tracker Save Your Life?

A recent article surfaced about a Connecticut resident who shared her story about her life-saving experience wearing her Fitbit Charge HR.  She claims that her Fitbit detected signs of Life-threatening blood clots.

Patricia Lauder, a 73-year old Connecticut resident, and recent retiree, bought a Fitbit to help her regain control of her health and wellness, when she began to experience a steady increase in her heart rate. By the time she truly began to become concerned, her heart rate had reached 140 beat per minute.  Finally, Patricia called 9-1-1 and was rushed to the University of Connecticut medical facility, where tests showed that Patricia was suffering from a condition called Pulmonary Embolisms, blood clotting in the lungs.  She was treated with anti-clotting meds and released.

Thanks to the Heart Rate function of many new fitness trackers like the Fitbit Charge 2, Patricia Lauder and others have been able to detect possible signs of heart rate issues, not easily detected just a few years ago.

Though, there are many signs of a heart related issues, Heart Rate is especially important to pay attention to in determining how much stress an individual is under and whether or not something could possibly be wrong, like in the case of Patricia Lauder.

In Patricia’s case, her rapid or irregular heart beat pointed to signs of blood clotting, which requires the heart to work much harder to pump blood through blood vessels, increasing the blood pressure within the lungs.

Heart rate monitors have also been known to detect atrial fibrillation (an erratic Heart beat), and Anemia (a low red blood cell count) and HR monitors can also detect an overactive thyroid.  All of these conditions can cause an irregular heart beat, which regular usage of a fitness tracker with a HR monitor, can potentially detect.

It is important to note that most fitness trackers, including the Fitbit Charge HR monitor worn by Patricia Lauder, are not approved medical devices, and even though these monitors are meant to be worn for achieving your fitness goals, relying solely on your fitness tracker is not a recommended approach to your overall heart health.

At fitjewels, we understand the importance of taking care of your health and wellness, and want to encourage our customers to get regular check-ups to monitor any potential health related issues, including any Heart related issues like Patricia Lauder.

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