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Apple Watch can safely detect irregular heartbeat

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Watch can detect and notify users when they experience irregular heart rhythms, finds a study demonstrating the ability of to detect atrial

In 2017, had partnered with researchers from the and launched an app called "Heart Study" to determine whether a mobile app that uses data from a heart rate pulse sensor on the Apple Watch can identify atrial

Atrial fibrillation, a deadly and often undiagnosed condition, can lead to The condition often remains hidden because many people do not experience symptoms.

The findings showed only 0.5 per cent participants received irregular pulse notifications, an important finding given the concerns about potential over-notification.

Eighty-four per cent of the time participants who received irregular pulse notifications were found to be in atrial at the time of the notification and 34 per cent who followed up by using an ECG patch over a week later were found to have

"The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the role that innovative can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care," said of the

"is just the beginning, as this study opens the door to further research into and how they might be used to prevent before it strikes -- a key goal of precision health," Minor said.

Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the has 71 per cent positive predictive value.

"The performance and accuracy we observed in this study provides important information as we seek to understand the potential impact of on the health system," noted Marco Perez, at Stanford.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:06 IST
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