According to a joint report that was published on last Thursday, the Apple Watch now features a heart rhythm detector. The watch is supposed to detect any abnormality in the heart rhythm.
The researchers from University of California in San Francisco, along with health and heart rate app collected the heart rate and electrocardiogram sample of 6,158 individuals. Since 2016, there have been, so far, 139 million heart rate measurements and 6,338 mobile electrocardiograms gathered.
The study was conducted to test the Apple Watch against the normal heart beat and atrial fibrillation (AF), which is basically a serious condition where there is a high risk of heart failure and stroke.
The study shows that the Apple Watch successfully detected AF with 97% accuracy.
The Apple Watch is believed to successfully diagnose those with increased risk which in turn will lower down the number of undiagnosed case of AF. As stated by Gregory M. Marcus, director of clinical research for the division of cardiology at USCF in a press release, the mobile technology screening won’t replace the traditional diagnosis method. Though it is believed that to some extent the technology will help in primary diagnosis which will act as a health alarm for the user.
So as long as you are wearing your Apple Watch, it will check and log your heart rate by itself every ten minutes. All the data Apple Watch collects about your heart rate is then transferred automatically to the health app in your iPhone.
To download the Cardiogram app for Apple Watch, you can simple click here.