Apple has just released an app that will tell you whether you have an irregular heartbeat if you want to know whether or not you have one.
The Apple Heart Project app will be used to collect data on irregular heart rhythms as part of a research study that will make use of the heart rate sensor built into the Apple Watch. When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its wrist watch together with watchOS4 in September, the company also made an announcement regarding the study.
Your heart will contract and relax at regular intervals during a normal beat.More than 2.7 million people in the United States are affected by a disorder known as atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is characterized by a trembling or irregular heartbeat. Some of the symptoms are feeling faint, weak, and exhausted. However, because AFib may not manifest itself in some people at all, it is frequently misdiagnosed. Because they are not aware that they have the illness, these individuals are at the greatest danger.
An irregular heartbeat can happen to anyone at any age, and the reasons why it happens are varied. However, it is more common in people who are 60 years old or older. Although atrial fibrillation may not usually cause problems, it sometimes does. Those who suffer from an irregular heartbeat can maintain their level of activity and vitality with the correct medical therapy and certain alterations to their lifestyle.
This research is being carried out in conjunction with Stanford Medicine at the moment. The software will make use of the sensors found on the Apple Watch, which detect heart rate using green LED lights that flash hundreds of times per second and photodiodes that determine how much blood is flowing through the wrist of the wearer. This data will be sorted through by complex algorithms, which will separate cardiac beats from any other noise in the data.
In the event that an abnormal cardiac rhythm is identified, the participant will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, as well as a complimentary consultation with a research doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring purposes. The consumer will be asked to wear the patch for a few days so that the researcher can compare the heart rate data from the Apple Watch to the ECG data.
Every week, we hear amazing emails from customers on how the Apple Watch has altered their lives, including the discovery that they have atrial fibrillation (AFib). The Chief Operating Officer of Apple, Jeff Williams, stated that “these tales motivate us and we are determined to do more to assist people understand their health.”
We think that by collaborating with the medical community, we will not only be able to inform people about particular health concerns, but we will also be able to enhance breakthroughs in cardiac research.
If the Apple Watch is found to be useful in diagnosing heart conditions in patients, this would catapult the device from “nice to have” to “must have” status in the eyes of many consumers. The free Apple Heart Study app is accessible in the US App Store to users who are over the age of 21 and have an Apple Watch Series 1 or later.