Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

For the Apple Heart Study, the accompanying app will analyze those heart rhythms for evidence of AFib, a leading cause of stroke that's responsible for some 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations per year in the US. And the benefits of joining the study may offer you some incredibly valuable insight into your heart health. The study will be conducted in partnership with Stanford Medicine using the new Apple Heart Study app on the watch.

To track your heart, the Apple Watch's sensor uses flashing LED lights and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood pumping through your wrist. The Apple Heart Study app utilizes the sensor and technology in the Apple Watch to identify when heart rhythms are irregular.

Atrial fibrillation is one of the highest rates of arrhythmias occurring in the general populace with a number of medical management strategies. Some people don't have any symptoms and don't even realize they have it until it's discovered during a physical exam, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The app Apple Heart Study is up on the App Store and available for download right now (link below). You must be 22 years or older and have an Apple Watch.

Healthcare has been looking to mHealth and digital health devices - particularly wearables - for many years in an effort to detect AFib conditions earlier, a hard process given the lack of noticeable symptoms. The Apple Heart Study app uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm.

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"These stories inspire us and we're determined to do more to help people understand their health", Williams said in the announcement.

Study researchers will also then send an electrocardiogram patch to participants experiencing irregular heartbeats, for a further reading. The sensor's unique optical design gathers signals from four distinct points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise.

The Apple Watch is key element in Stanford's mHealth research. Lastly, it could be an interesting talking point for pharmacists that are conducting MTM services as this could be a tool to collect data from.

American Well's participation in the research initiative, marks the first time a telehealth company is involved in a mobile clinical trial. By enrolling using devices, Apple has said, it makes it easier for scientists to both find and monitor study participants. But Apple researchers said they believe the Watch will provide a representative sample of the population for their study.

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