Apple and the prestigious Stanford University in California have joined forces to launch a study on the irregular rhythms of the human heart . These irregular rhythms are an important factor in detecting heart disease early. Now, our Apple Watch will be vital in this aspect by detecting them, something or announced in September and which is starting to be deployed right now.
Today Apple has launched a new application on the US Store called “Heart Study” which will have the mission to collect data from the Apple Watch heart rate sensor thus measuring the irregular rhythms of the heart and advising the user whether or not it is experiencing atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia or tachyarrhythmia.
This study we are sure that will lead to a new fully developed function in watchOS 5 next year that will greatly improve rapid care thus increasing the survival rate. To make this study the experts have claimed that the manufacture of earphones has caused 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the USA every year. The vast majority were not diagnosed in time due to lack of symptoms.
In Apple’s announcement today, they described this study as follows:
To calculate your heart rate and rhythm, the Apple Tracker sensor uses green LED lights that flash hundreds of times a second and light-sensitive photo diodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist. The sensor’s unique optical design collects signals from four different points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise. The Apple Heart Study application uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm.
This study only is open to people in the USA with an Apple Watch Series 1 or higher, who are over 22 years old. If you are from the USA you can find this app in the Store. This study is going to save lives according to Jeff Williams and we hope that this data will be safe.