You don't need to keep track of your daily steps for a fitness tracker to improve your health. According to Gizmodo, one New Jersey man's FitBit saved his life after he had a seizure and E.R. doctors used the device's information to "reset his heart rate with an electrical cardioversion." Don't worry if that medical jargon flew over your head. All you need to need to know is "FitBit good, FitBit make man not die."
The medical team at Camden's Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center saw that the patient was experiencing an "atrial fibrillation (an irregular and fast heart beat)." Unsure if it was a chronic condition or a result of the seizure, they took a peek at the FitBit's data, and reported the results in their report for the Annals of Emergency Medicine:
During the patient’s examination, it was noted that he was wearing a wrist activity tracker (Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit, San Francisco, CA), which was synchronized with an application on the patient’s smartphone, recording his pulse rate as part of a fitness program. The application was accessed on the patient’s smartphone and revealed a baseline pulse rate between 70 and 80 beats/min, with an immediate persistent increase to a range of 140 to 160 bpm at the approximate time of the patient’s seizure. The pulse rate remained elevated until administration of the diltiazem in the field.
This was essential to know, because the electrical cardioversion (also knowns as an electrocardioversion) could've caused a stroke if the arrhythmia was a chronic condition.
Ultimately, the FitBit data proved the atrial fibrillation was a result of the seizure and the electrocardioversion procedure was safe to perform, marking the "first time in medical history that the information in an activity tracker-smartphone system was used to assist in specific medical decision-making."
If this doesn't inspire you to get your steps in, nothing will.