Lauder had been suffering from a sinus infection that caused shortness of breath and fatigue in January, but after a doctor ruled out pneumonia, she figured she was just out of shape, Lauder told UConn Today.
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However, the odd trend in her heart rate signified on her Fitbit eventually led Lauder to call an ambulance.
After a series of tests at UConn John Dempsey Hospital, doctors found blood clots in both lungs, causing her heart to work much harder to circulate blood.
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"My heart had enlarged to about 65% beyond its (normal) capacity," Lauder said of her condition, a direct result of the blood clots, known as pulmonary embolisms.
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Thanks to Dr. JuYong Lee, who used a catheter to apply clot-busting drugs to the clots, Lauder's clots disappeared and her heart was back to being healthy the very next day, according to UConn Today.
“If I didn’t have a Fitbit on my wrist, I would never have known that my heart rate was getting dangerously high,” she said. “And I might not be here to tell my story.”
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