COSTA MESA, California. (KABC) — A Costa Mesa woman credits her smartwatch with saving her life after suffering a medical emergency while pregnant.
Jess Kelly relies on her Apple Watch for a lot of things. It tracks her steps when she walks her newborn Shelby and notifies her of new text messages.
However, on December 17, Kelly was 37 weeks pregnant and was not feeling well when she received a high heart rate notification on her smartwatch.
It let her know that her heart rate was over 120 beats per minute while she was inactive for more than 10 minutes.
Kelly said she received the notification twice more within half an hour.
“The third time I thought something was going on and maybe I should get it checked out,” Kelly said
She said she went to the hospital, where doctors told her she was suffering from placental abruption, where the placenta detaches from the inner wall of the uterus before birth, and was in labour.
“If I hadn’t been checking the clock I would have stayed at home and instead of celebrating her month-old birthday, we might have been able to plan, or my husband might have been able to schedule church services for me, Shelby, or maybe even both of us. ‘ Kelly said.
dr Brian Kim, an electrophysiologist at Providence St. Jude Medical Center, said a normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
He said there are many reasons someone can have an accelerated heart rate, including dehydration and anxiety.
Kim said smartwatches may be able to tell when something is wrong.
“I think you can actually save your life by basically following your body and the rhythm of the Apple Watch,” he said. “If something is wrong, I think you should see a doctor immediately.”
Kelly plans to keep wearing her watch and will listen to her notifications right away.
Kim said whether you own a smartwatch or not, it’s important to listen to your body.