Apple Watch Saves Life of Woman With Heart Tumor: ‘It Truly Saved My Life’

A woman from Maine is now recovering from surgery to remove what would have been a deadly heart tumor, and she has Apple Watch to thank for her new lease on life.

Kim Durkee, 67, said that for three nights in a row back in May, her Apple Watch alerted her that she may be in atrial fibrillation, otherwise known as an abnormal heart arrythmia. At first, she dismissed the alerts and presumed that the watch may have been malfunctioning.

“The third night, the numbers went a little too high for comfort,” Durkee said. “Then I said, ‘You know what? Go to the emergency room. If they tell you it’s nothing to worry about, then toss the watch.”

Though she had no other symptoms, she visited local doctors in Maine, who confirmed that she was, indeed, in atrial fibrillation. And the cause of the A-fib nearly floored her: a myxoma, a rare tumor that forms in primitive connective tissue, usually in the heart. In Durkee’s case, the myxoma had obstructed blood flow in her heart, causing the arrythmia. If gone undetected, it would’ve likely resulted in a stroke. (Read more from “Apple Watch Saves Life of Woman With Heart Tumor: ‘It Truly Saved My Life’” HERE)

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