Apple has decided to stop accepting participants for its Apple Watch Heart Study.

According to a recent announcement made by Apple and Stanford University, the Apple Heart Study will no longer be recruiting new customers to take part. In connection with the introduction of Apple’s smartwatch of fourth-generation and watchOS4, the project was kicked off in November of last year.

During a normal beat, your heart will contract and then relax at regular intervals. Atrial fibrillation is a disorder that affects almost 3 million people in the United States, and it is characterised by a trembling or erratic heartbeat. Some of the symptoms are feeling faint, weak, and exhausted. However, as a result of the fact that some persons do not exhibit any symptoms, the ailment is frequently misdiagnosed.

Users of the Apple Watch can currently configure their watch to sound an alarm if it detects an excessively high heart rate when the user is at rest. Users may eventually be able to set up notifications for abnormal rhythms, but this will depend on how the results of this study turn out.

An app called Heart Study that was just released employs algorithms to analyse heart rate data in order to separate heartbeats from other types of noise in the data. If the participant is found to have an abnormal heart rhythm, they will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, as well as a free appointment with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for continued monitoring of their heart activity. The researcher will ask the consumer to wear the sleeve for a few days so that they may compare the heart rate data from the Apple Watch to the ECG data.

Reddit user who took part in the study revealed their findings.

A notification arrived on my Apple Watch at approximately 10:45 p.m. I chose to disregard it because I’ve had arrhythmia in the past and waited until Saturday am to contact the study doctor about it. She was extremely kind and questioned me for about half an hour through video chat, asking me questions regarding the medications I use. At the end of the interview, she urged me to get in touch with my cardiologist and let them know.

This message is to let you know that the research is being actively monitored, but we are hoping that you will not be paged as a result of this.

As of the first of August in 2018, enrolment is no longer being accepted. However, Apple has stated that it intends to continue collecting data from existing participants until the 31st of January, 2019, when the study will officially come to a close. At this time, it is unknown whether Apple or Stanford will resume accepting new students.

Please take note that as of the 1st of August, 2018, we are no longer accepting new participants for this study. If you have already been a part of the study in some capacity, that engagement will continue right up until the very conclusion.

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