“An Apple Watch may have saved a teenagers life, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is so pleased that he offered the thankful teen an internship next year,” Gregory Ferenstein reports for ReadWrite. “Paul Houle, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, says that the watch’s heart rate monitor tipped him off to a dangerous condition. Had he not gone to see a doctor to check out his unusually high heart rate, he may not be alive today.”

“‘After [football] practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,’ he told WCVB, a local CBS news station. Houle went to get the strange readings checked out in the emergency room and was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition which is caused by extreme exercising and pumps out toxic chemicals into the body,” Ferenstein reports. “The story went viral. Soon after, Cook personally called the teen and offered him an internship next summer.”

“Heart rate is a good leading indicator of distress in the body. If it’s unusually high (or low), it’s a justification for further testing. And, indeed, in Houle’s case, the Apple approach to health worked perfectly. Eventually, Apple and other device manufacturers hope to able to predict early signs of debilitating disorders better than a doctor,” Ferenstein reports. “It’s a long game and Apple just scored its first big point.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Many lives will be improved and saved thanks to the revolutionary Apple Watch.

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