Can apple watches prevent strokes?
May 18, 2017
What is new?
According to a study conducted by heartbeat measurement app cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm.
How was the study done?
The study involved 6,158 participants recruited through the Cardiogram app on Apple Watch. 200 of them had been diagnosed with a kind of abnormal heartbeat. Cardiogram tested and compared the deep neural network built in the apple watch with the cardioversions available in 51 hospitals.
Who conducted the study?
Cardiogram began the study with UCSF in 2016 to discover whether the Apple Watch could detect an oncoming stroke.
How accurate is the study?
So far this is just a study built on a preliminary algorithm but it holds promise in trying to identify and prevent stroke in the future. Strokes such as atrial fibrillation, which are the most common abnormal heart rhythm, are preventable with relatively inexpensive drugs.
What does this mean
Algorithms trained to identify heart problems included in wearable technologies like fitbit and Apple Watch could help save especially the lives of at-risk populations including older generation