Stan: ‘I discovered a thyroid abnormality through my smartwatch’

When Apple’s first smartwatch came out in 2015, Stan de Waard queued in front of the store early in the morning to be one of the first to get one. With the smartwatch you can read messages, make calls and check the weather forecast: really a gadget for him. Not long after, he was sitting in his parents’ garden and trying out another function: the heart rate monitor. His heart rate was found to be between 110 and 120. That was much higher than that of his parents, who also let him try the smart watch.

Stan de Waard: “The heart rate measurement clearly showed that something was wrong.”

Stan de Waard

Since he had been tired for a long time and was sweating excessively, he decided to go to the doctor. “I told about my complaints and what my smartwatch had measured. He sent me to the hospital for a scan and it became clear that I have an overactive thyroid,” says De Waard. “Basically, my body is always ‘on’, as if I’m running. And if I put in a little effort, it’s like I’m sprinting.” Fortunately, there was a treatment. He now lives as if nothing is wrong, partly thanks to a medicine.

Would De Waard have detected this thyroid abnormality without a smartwatch? Probably, he thinks, but he might have continued with the complaints for a few more years. He is happy that the smartwatch put him on the right track. “When I look back on the period before the treatment, something had to change. I often felt tired and was easily irritated. However, I easily brushed those complaints aside. That was more difficult with the heart rate measurement that unmistakably showed that something was wrong.”

De Waard still has the same smartwatch. He hardly uses the heart rate monitor. He mainly watches the time and his messages, exactly what he bought the gadget for in the first place.

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Melanie Kranenburg

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