Watch collector credits Apple Watch with saving his life

Self-photo by Dennis Anselmo via The Sun UK.

Self-photo by Dennis Anselmo via The Sun UK.

An Alberta, Canada man is crediting his Apple Watch with saving his life last August 18. Dennis Anselmo was building a fence when he began feeling like he was coming down with the flu and told a helper he needed to sit down. Anselmo noted that he was going to sit around for a few minutes and then go home, and as he rested, he played with his new Apple Watch. 

"As I sat there I started to fiddle with my Apple Watch. I had only had it two weeks and had become obsessed with checking my pulse on it. I have a very low pulse normally - about 50. Most people are 55 to 75. I brought it up - and it was 210 bpm. I turned to my helper and said: we need an ambulance."

When the ambulance arrived, paramedics found out Anselmo was having a heart attack and took him to the hospital, where heart blockages were cleared so he didn't have another heart attack. Anselmo said that "They told me that if I had gone home and gone to bed - as many people do - I would likely have had another, more serious bout in the middle of the night. Those second attacks are the one that kill. That is a common problem."

Anselmo is a self-proclaimed watch fanatic and had purchased the Apple Watch against the advice of his wife Mary. "She complained, but after the heart attack she said 'that watch has paid for itself,'" said Anselmo. Since his heart attack, he no longer wears any other watch.