Heather Hendershot who lives in Topeka in Kansas, purchased an Apple watch in the hope of getting encouraged to do more physical activities. However, she had no idea that how wise this purchase was going to be proven
She was watching TV with her husband one a Saturday evening, when she got a notification on her smartwatch about her higher than usual pulse rate. "It vibrated and then it beeped at me and told me that my resting heart rate was too high," said Hendershot. "So, I checked it myself and it was correct."
When she checked her pulse rate it was counted more than 160 beats per minutes, which is double of her normal resting rate. Without taking any measures she went to bed as she was not feeling any symptoms. They ignored it at first but the beeping continued over the next 24 hours.
"She was just going to wait it out and I kind of told her I'd feel better if we went in and checked it out," Heather's husband, Cody Hendershot, said.
The next day they drove to hospital Stormont Vail, where doctors immediately moved her to the ICU.
"That's when my husband and I kind of looked at each other with big eyes and the doctor told me that it was thyroid storm," said Heather Hendershot. "He said, 'Don't Google it 'cause it's just going to tell you that you're going to die."
According to doctors, she had untreated hyperthyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland produces excessive thyroid hormone and becomes overactive. This causes shocking high heart rates, body temperature and blood pressure.
Heather Hendershot is a young lady who never experienced any heart issues ever before. She has given birth to a baby four months back without any complication.
Doctors still wanted to monitor her in the ICU, though they have treated her hyperthyroidism and lowered her heart rate, they don't want to take any risk with her life.
After spending a night in the hospital, Hendershot's heart rate gets stabilised and doctors discharged her for home. For now, she is on medication to control her heart rates any thyroid.
Apple watch has done its job very well and saved a life. Other should learn from her experience and do not ignore health warnings, it's better to always do cross check when it comes to health. As we all know life is once and precious.