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How A Simple Apple Watch Update Could Have Saved This Man’s Life

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Technology can be such a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s improved our lives tremendously, on the other, smartphone addiction and social media smackdowns can often leave us feeling like we may be better off without so many modern breakthroughs.

For 46-year-old Ed Dentel, however, he’s likely thanking the Lord that he lives in a world with the Apple Watch, as the sleek, pricey gadget may have very well saved his life.

The Apple Watch certainly prides itself on its health integration and emergency features that have contributed to several real-life stories of prevention and survival, but Dentel likely never thought he’d be one of them when he put his watch through a routine software update…and ended up in the Emergency Room.

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“The application on the launch sounded off right away with atrial fibrillation — not something I’ve ever heard of, but since I’m in pretty decent health and never had a problem before, I didn’t give it much thought,” the 46-year-old told ABC News.

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Dentel, who works as a communications consultant in Richmond, Virginia, has no history of heart issues, and stays active with regular taekwondo, biking and skiing.

“I figured something was glitchy, so I set everything down turned in for the night,” he said.

But when he tried the watch out again the next morning, he got the same troubling result.

He powered it off and started it up again, tested it on each wrist, even tried it on his wife a few times, but he kept getting the same result. So, despite still being in serious doubt that anything was wrong, he decided to seek medical care.

Dentel reluctantly drove to a local urgent care clinic. But when he arrived to find a packed parking lot and waiting room, he almost turned right around.

“I thought, ‘This is silly. I’ve got meetings, I’ve got stuff to do. I don’t have time to sit here and wait,’” he said.

But after checking the watch “one more time” and receiving the same result, he decided to stay.

Though Dentel said he felt like a hypochondriac explaining to the physician that his watch detected a heart problem, after a brief EKG scan, the watch’s results were confirmed.

“Yup, you’re in AFib,” a doctor told him. “This thing may have just saved your life.”

He was referred to a cardiologist who once again confirmed the watch’s diagnosis.

What is particularly striking about Dentel’s condition is that while AFib is usually liked to smoking or excessive drinking, he is a healthy, active man with no reason to worry about his health.

Don’t ever imagine you’re immune to health scares—but don’t forget how much technology can help us in these times!

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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