Apple Heart Study on the App Store - iTunes

Apple Heart Study on the App Store - iTunes

Apple Heart Study on the App Store - iTunes

One example is Kardia, who created several years ago a device called AliveCor that could go on the back of the iPhone to detect afib through a one-lead EKG. The condition affects an estimated 3 million Americans (though some think those numbers may be higher) and approximately 33.5 million people around the world (or.5 percent of the world's population). The app uses the Apple Watch to monitor the user's heart rate and alert them when they may be experiences atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of stroke. Apple says that some 130,000 people die in the U.S. every year because of AFib, and the condition is responsible for some 750,000 hospitalizations annually.
So how will the Apple Watch identify your irregular heartbeat? "These stories inspire us and we're determined to do more to help people understand their health", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operations officer.

Apple also plans to use this data to help researchers advance discoveries in heart science and cases of heart irregularity. With the release of both HealthKit and ResearchKit, and now this study, Apple is positioning the Apple Watch as a true health monitoring device that can be crucial for preventative care. The user will wear the patch for a few days, allowing researchers to get side-by-side Apple Watch heart rate and ECG data.

So far, the Cardiogram's study results seem promising.

The Apple Watch uses green LED lights that flash hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to analyze blood flow through the wrist, from which heart rhythms are isolated by software algorithms in the watch.

Later, the same eHealth study concluded the Watch could also detect sleep apnea and hypertension with similar accuracy using its built-in sensor.

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This is the first heart study that Apple itself will conduct.

If you aren't sure which Apple Watch model you have, head over to the Watch app on your iPhone. That is, unless you have an FDA approved ECG reader you can carry with you. They recently got approval by the FDA to sell their "Kardia Band", which is an iPhone strap that has a built-in sensor to detect heart rhythm by placing your thumb on it.

"Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach", added Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford University School of Medicine.

To join the study, Apple Watch owners must download the Apple Heart Study app. Participants must be over age 22.

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