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Apple-funded study shows a critical role for wearables in detecting heart problems-Technology News, Firstpost



Apple Watch was able to detect irregular heart rate rates that could signal the need for further monitoring for a serious heart rhythm problem, according to data from a large study funded by Apple which shows a potential future role for portable consumer technology in healthcare.

Researchers hope that the technique can help in early detection of atrial fibrillation, the most common form of irregular heartbeat. Patients with untreated AF are five times more likely to stroke.

  Apple-funded study shows critical role for wearables in the detection of heart problems

Apple Watch Series 4. Image: Apple

Results of the largest AF screening and discovery study, involving over 400,000 Apple Watch users who were invited to attend, presented on Saturday at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans.

Scientists at Stanford Medical School revealed that the 400,000 participants, 0.5 percent or about 2,000 subjects, received irregular pulse messages. These individuals were sent an ECG (electrocardiography) patch to carry for subsequent detection of atrial fibrillation episodes.

One third of those whose bells discovered an irregular pulse were confirmed to have atrial fibrillation using ECG technique, researchers said.


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