RadioMD: The Dr. Leigh Vinocur Show

Can Your Fitness Tracker Save Your Life in the ER?

April 8, 20169 min
Your fitness tracker may be able to save your life in the emergency room. Changes in your heart rate from your tracker can provide doctors with valuable information.A healthy man with a history of seizures forgot to take his medicine one morning. He had a seizure at work, and his blood pressure was high when the ambulance arrived to retrieve him. Using his Fitbit, emergency physicians were able to spot when his atrial fibrulation was triggered and treat him for the condition.If you use a Fitbit, be sure to sync it with your phone so the information is stored in the cloud. This will make the tracked history more accessible.Listen in as Dr. Monika Smith shares with Dr. Leigh Vinocur what happened in the ER that day.

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