Apple and Stanford have collaborated to get a new study of heart health. With the new Apple Touch application and integrated Apple and Touch sensors, researchers will identify irregular heartbeats and notify users that they may have atrial fibrillation (AFIb).
Afib is the most common type of arrhythmias and can cause heart failure or even stroke if left unchecked. This situation affects nearly 3 million Americans (although some believe these figures may be higher) and about 33.5 million people worldwide (or 0.5 percent of the world population).
Although the watch still can not diagnose any condition, it is fully positioned to detect irregular heartbeat and alert people with serious illness who wish to consult a professional doctor. That is, unlike other heart rate checks, it is still in person more than once, and the sensor and LED flash flashes green hundreds of times per second to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist and capture any abnormal behaviour from the heart…
“We receive every week incredible messages from customers about how Apple’s watch impact on their lives, including knowing that they have an aviib, and these stories inspire us and are determined to do more to help people understand their health” Apple, Jeff Williams. “By working with the medical community, we can not only inform people about certain health conditions, we also hope to strengthen discoveries in cardiology.”
However, this is not the first study of heart health to use Apple Watch. Over the past year and a half, CardiGram has used its own algorithm and watch sensors in a study involving heart health with the University of California at San Francisco.
So far, the results of the Cardiogram study seem promising. From that study, researchers were able to determine that Apple Watch could detect abnormal heart rate with 97 percent accuracy when coupled with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm called Defert.
Later, the same e-health study concluded that the clock can also detect sleep apnea and high blood pressure with similar accuracy using a built-in sensor.
The same study concluded that the same results may be available for any portable heart rate sensor, including those in Garmin, Fitbit or Android ware because they all have similar components. However, the study only focused on the results of Apple Watch.
Currently, the only real way to diagnose Afib is by reading ECG, which is usually done through a computer with an IgG reader inserted in a hospital or clinic. That is unless you have an EGG reader approved by the FDA that you can take with you. Up to now, Alifecor has the only commercially available ECG reader that consumers can carry with them through the smartphone or, as of this morning, a built-in sensor in the Apple Watchband.
Apple’s optical heart rate sensor is based on the photoplastymography (BG), which can capture a second signal, spacing irregular chapters between the heart beats and is not approved by the FDA to diagnose any heart disease.
However, just having an hour or other good enough sensors to detect a problem can help alert someone that something is wrong and, as mentioned above, request that they undergo further evaluation.
“Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford faculty of medicine exploring how technology such as the Apple Heart Rate Monitor sensor can help enter a new era of proactive health care in a presession health approach,” said Dean of Medicine. Stanford Lloyd Micro at the launch conference.
22 people and older people who may have arrhythmias may participate in the study of the new heart health of Apple by installing the application on any iOS device.