When they first came out, people were looking at fitness trackers like at the next big gadget. Of course, their popularity has quickly died off, although those that were pleased by what they got kept their trackers in a special place on their wrists and in their hearts despite the downward spiraling trend.
What triggered the recent downfall of fitness trackers was ironically the increased attention they got. As more and people were interested in them, companies behind the most popular fitness trackers began designing more and more versions, moving focus from functionality to being trendy.
And this is when people started losing interest – why pay double for a fitness tracker with fewer functions just because it has a different textured or different colored band? Still, that doesn’t mean that the interest dies off entirely. Some were pleased with what they purchased, so they kept using their trackers in their daily activities.
This is exactly what may have saved a man’s life last week, as a Fitbit tracker helped doctors save a man’s life. Fitbit, if you remember correctly, was involved late last year in a scandal, as a class-action lawsuit accused them of not providing the correct heartbeat while exercising.
A subsequent functionality test from Consumer Reports showed that the trackers were, in fact, doing their job almost perfectly and that those that sued the company did so because they weren’t wearing their fitness trackers where they were supposed to, wearing it too low on the wrist.
So proving once again that their trackers are among the best on the market, a Fitbit provided the necessary information to help doctors save a man’s life. As expected, the anonymous man in question was wearing his fitness tracker out exercising, when he collapsed and was taken to the hospital.
Brought into the emergency room of the Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in New Jersey, the man was thought to be suffering from a seizure because of missing a dose of medication this morning. As the doctors were about to treat the man for a seizure, they got the idea to check his fitness tracker for any abnormal activity.
As it turns out, the man had suffered an episode of atrial fibrillation three hours prior to the seizure. His heart rate had jumped 70 to 190, and giving him regular seizure treatment most likely would have killed him. Getting the information about his unusual cardiac activity prior to the seizure, the doctors were able to properly assess the situation and saved the man’s life.