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Published on : Mar 18, 2019

Researchers have been working for years to come up with wearable devices that can monitor heart problems. These efforts have come to fruition with the new study that suggests the Apple watch can detect heart irregularities. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, referred to the new Apple watch as an “intelligent guardian for your health.”

Researchers see the new Apple watch as the future of wearable heart devices owing to its ability to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is one of the most common causes of heart failure and can only be detected through ECG. The device has an ECG app that can detect heart abnormalities within 30 seconds and determine if there are AFib signs. Moreover, the watch allows storage of the ECG data for future reference. In addition to this, the irregular heart rhythm notification feature gives customers a better understanding of their heart health.

The Largest Screening Study on Atrial Fibrillation

The Apple Heart Study screened over 400,000 participants for atrial fibrillation. The participants wore the Apple watch along with an ECG patch. As per the study, around 80 percent of the participants showed AFib on the ECG patch and 98 percent showed AFib or other arrhythmias.

Dr. Lloyd Minor, Stanford’s Dean of Medicine said that this provides a piece of great evidence that the Apple watch can detect AFib. Furthermore, the device can also determine the need for additional monitoring.

Other cardiac experts believe that wearable technology still needs a lot of research. In their opinion, it is not a universal solution for detecting heart problems. Dr.Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai heart wants to test the device on seniors with greater risk factors and heart problems.

Nonetheless, the device provides peace of mind and stress relief to patients suffering from heart diseases. It helps them understand what they are experiencing, putting their fear about a heart uncertainty to rest.