Apple Heart Study Program
Apple Inc. is launching the Apple Heart Study program that will monitor your heart rhythm using Apple Watch. Apple heart study App will alert affected participants in joint study with Stanford medicine.
Apple is conducting this study with Stanford Medicine to improve the technology used to identify irregular heart rhythms. Early diagnosis and treatment of irregular heart rhythms may prevent serious heart complications including strokes.
This is a one of its kind research study being held using Apple Watch. Watch uses heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is the disease which is the leading cause of stroke. Many people do not experience any symptoms, so AFib often goes undiagnosed.
On identifying irregular heart rhythm, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone and a free consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. This Apple Heart Study app is available in the US App Store to customers who are 22 years or older and have an Apple Watch Series 1 or later.
How to participate in the study
Traditionally clinical studies enroll limited number of participants for specific medical research but in this study anyone can enroll. If you have Apple Watch you can participate. Login to US Apple Store, Download the app and your watch will start monitoring the changes in your heart rhythm.
How it works
Data of your heart is collected using green LED lights that can flash hundreds of times per second. Light photodiodes can measure blood flow. Apple watch monitors your heart rhythm using algorithms to analyze data. Apple heart study is underway and we don’t know if it is a success. Apple is providing health care solutions as screening tools. Apple might be interested to develop these healthcare solutions as a way to maintain its market share in wearables.
Apple is also working on the ways to use its watch to monitor blood sugar levels. If Apple can achieve that, then it could help millions of diabetic patients. They will be able to manage their disease much better than ever.
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