He was a lawyer and a boxer in good health, then Apple Watch saved his life

Apple is putting a big emphasis on the abilities of its Watch wearable to track your fitness and health, and is currently engaged with Stanford University to study irregular heart rhythms of Watch wearers, and their cardiopredictive abilities. Apple's CEO Tim Cook himself is a fitness nut, getting up in the wee hours of the morning to get his training on before the packed day has started, and often touts this or that health-related feature of Apple gadgets.

It's not all in vain, or a marketing trick, as one Scott Kilian, an attorney, but also a guy dabbling in law enforcement and boxing in his spare time, recently found out. After undergoing ten thousand dollars worth of exercise and metabolic stress tests just before he turned 50, he was cleared as sporty and in good health. Fast forward to last month, and he went to sleep with his Apple Watch on hand, which he uses to track sleep patterns, as a lot of wearable fans do. 

Shortly after midnight, the timepiece alerted him that his resting heart rate had been elevated to heights unseen for the period that he started wearing the Apple Watch - 121 beats per minute against his usual average 49 bpm. He didn't feel sick, save for mild digestion issue, yet the sheer exclusivity of the event prompted him to take a trip to the ER. The doctors hooked him up to the EKG machine, and didn't find any abnormal rhythms, but when they drew blood, the samples showed elevated enzymes indicative of a current, or progressed heart attack. 

Further scans revealed four nearly blocked arteries, which required quick surgery and stent placement. Had the Apple Watch not alerted Scott about his heart's abnormal behavior that night, he might have died in his sleep, said his doctor, just like his grandfather, who was in his mid-fifties when it occurred. Long story short, wear your wearables, kids, and pay attention to what they say about your fitness and health. One thing is clear - this heartwarming Apple Watch story certainly beats the saved-from-sharks Apple Watch story.

source: 9to5Mac

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33 Comments

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I would be upset spending 10 grand on testing... and nothing was found on 4.... i repeat 4 clogged arteries.... hmmmm

3. Shorts365

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

As much as I am an avid Apple hater, I have to give to Apple on this one. They really did do an excellent job with their watch. The feature set that is available on their watch is really very good, and their sensors are quite accurate and work well too. I wish Android Wear had something comparable in terms of hardware and software specs that matched up, but so far I haven't found any. I'm still happy with my Huawei Watch (original) on AW2.0 though, so for me that's enough, but I gotta say I am a small bit jealous of the Apple watch users' features.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am not saying that the watch did not do it job and wake him up warning him something was wrong. What I say is bullsh*t is the guy have a metabolic stress tests and it not showing something wrong. Come on people , that test would have told something was going on with the guys heart, I mean 4 clogged arteries. I want to add, my brother had this same test and only had one clogged arterie , so not showing something was wrong is bullsh*t.

6. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Prove that the story is bogus then.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Check the source.. 9to5mac didn't have write any origin source of this story..

12. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Goes both ways Prove the story is true.

16. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

Actually it only goes one way. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It's up to to person claiming something as true to provide evidence. Not the other way around. No evidence has been given

18. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You made the claim. Burden of proof lies on you. I'll ask you once more, prove that the story is bogus.

20. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

Nope, burden of proof lies with the person telling the story or people accepting the story as true. Not the other way around. 9to5mac anyway isn't any help to you, they list no sources whatsoever. Should ring alarm bells with any citical reader of a story, which this is. It's just a story without evidence.

25. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not the first time a wearable has saved someone's life. I think you're only saying so because it was an Apple product instead of something else.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You believe it , I don't believe the 10 thousand in testing part. I never said I didn't believe the watch part. I can no more find proof just like you can not show proof. I am glad the watch did it job and the guy is ok. Any good smart watch with a heart monitor would have done the same but, iPA won't post those stories.

23. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You mean like this one: "Fitbit Charge HR wearable might have saved a man's life" Previous PA article regarding the fitbit, which last time I checked, wasn't an Apple product. So your only problem with the article is that it was an Apple product instead of something else?

32. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, my problem is iPA won't post when a nother brand does something good. But they are all over it if it's Apple.

31. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

That is false. If someone claims something is true and doesn't prove it, why do I need to prove its a lie? If you prove something is true, then I won't be able to prove its a lie. If you offer no proof of fact, then I don;t have to offer any proof that it isn't. You obviously don't know how it works. So you already lost your argument. Also, facts show a person can be tested for an ailment, and the tests at first may not show what needs to be seen, or doctors can misinterpret what they see as well. But with 4 clogged arteries? That means there is a 1 in 4 chance of seeing one of them. But to miss all 4? Either his doctor isn't areal doctor, or the total story is suspect and should be questioned. If you want to believe it as truth with no facts, then it's your choice. She (Sissy) has a right to believe otherwise.

19. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

P.S. anyone with a sane mind can see this is likely to be an Apple PR fluff piece. 9to5mac doesn't even list any sources.

24. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A quick Google search would tell you otherwise. This isn't limited to just the Apple Watch. There's been stories about the fitbit doing the same thing as well.

10. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No test is 100% accurate. My mom had a heart disease, and it took us bunch of tests to know what was the problem.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope she’s doing ok bro. My mom is diabetic and needs constant attention.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To be fair he could have had on any watch with a heart rate sensor and this still would have happened. Great story either way and I'm glad the guy cares about fitness enough to be wearing a smartwatch that saved his life.

14. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Meanwhile in Pierce County Washington, there are hundreds of people suffering from a horrific train derailment. Stop arguing and be glad someone's life was able to be saved.

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Shows the money that was spent on those metabolic and stress tests, didn't actually show how healthy he was. Basically he suffered a heartattack and by the time he got to the hospital it had subsided. According to my father's doctor after he was hospitalized, he undoubtedly suffered several before and wrote them off as muscle aches from playing tennis a lot, based on tissue damage. So the Apple Watch caught a heartattack in progress, but the guy was clearly already worried about his health but didn't bother to get a proper doctor to examine him. He's lucky the Apple Watch caught it during his sleep, although had it been severe enough it would've killed him regardless of the Apple Watch. If he had slept through it the next one could've killed him. So the moral of the story: if you're worried about your health, go see a real doctor.

22. vasra

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Should have gotten an Oura ring. He would have gotten much more accurate HR, HRV and also body temperature, with much more clinical accuracy and usefulness.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did you not read the article dude? The Apple Watch did a fabulous job.

26. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Shows how good appleproducts are and im an android and windows phone user. Well done apple

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One of the best damn features on anything mobile or wearable. Damn good job on Apple, and it should be copied by all these OEM’s. Glad the guy is ok, I’m a fitness nut as well, and health is wealth. Health specs are the ones that truly matter. I’m dedicated till death, to stay in top shape.

33. Kaiserseal

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2017

This is Killian the guy in the article. Three months before the heart attack I had a nuclear stress test, a regular stress test and extensive blood work. All tests cleared by a cardiologist. They claim the tests are 80% accurate. They discovered the blockage doing a cardiac catherization after blood tests in the ER showed an elevated enzyme that is present while having a heart attack. Can’t get over some people think this is a conspiracy to sell watches. Your being silly. Spending Christmas with my family rather than taking a dirt nap is a big deal for me. Hope some of you got the message.

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