Our smartwatches and fitness bands have been designed to keep track of certain biometrics, like calories burned, distance walked, and even our heart rate. However sometimes it seems that our wearables can detect more than we give it credit for, like in the past where the Apple Watch has managed to help detect an impending heart attack.

Now according to a report from The Telegraph (via 9to5Mac), it seems that the Apple Watch has managed to save yet another life by detecting a lung blood clot that could have proved fatal had it not been detected early. The report claims that 29-year James Green used a third-party health application called HeartWatch that alerted him to an abnormally high heart rate which prompted him to seek medical attention, and a subsequent CT scan revealed blood clots in his lungs.

According to Green, “I got an alert from HeartWatch that my heart rate was continually above my resting heart rate of 54, even when I was just sitting at my desk. That along with other symptoms I was having was enough data I needed to act on it, and realise it wasn’t a panic attack (since I have severe generalised anxiety), that it was something more.”

We know that Apple is aware that wearables like its Apple Watch has the potential to be more than just another tech gadget. Recently the company is said to be working with researchers at Stanford University to see if the Apple Watch is capable of detecting abnormal heart rhythms which could be hinting at more serious health problems.

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