Apple has teamed up with Stanford University in a revolutionary study that combines the technology of the Apple Watch with a first of it’s kind EKG reader to monitor for possible heart abnormalities or atrial fibrillation – a leading cause of stroke.
My mom had a stroke and my sister had an aneurysm so I thought this was a great way for me to look into being a participant because the information from this study could help save a lot of lives.
- Apple is facilitating a massive heart study that will use the Apple Watch to detect atrial fibrillation, responsible for 130,000 deaths a year in the U.S.
- The watch will use LED lights, light-sensitive conductors and software to monitor blood flow to look for abnormalities.
- The study is available to anyone over the age of 22 that has an Apple Watch and an iphone 5s or higher.
You can get more information about the study at med.stanford.edu/appleheartstudy
The goal of this study is to screen for rather than diagnose individuals for heart rhythm abnormalities. Being able to detect atrial fibrillation can help people avoid illness and begin to live a healthier lifestyle. Many times this condition goes undiagnosed and there may be no symptoms.
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