Heart disease is one of the leading cause of death for both men and women around the world. In the US 1 in every 4 deaths are due to heart disease. Many of the heart problems can be identified easily with related symptoms and can be diagnosed by one or more medical tests while some are often go undiagnosed leading to serious complications.
Heart arrhythmia is one of the common heart problems that causes the heart to beat irregularly. Arrhythmia’s may not show any symptoms and sometimes will take routine examination to find it out. However, there can be noticeable symptoms that will require one to see a doctor when they occur frequently such as racing or slow heartbeat, shortness of breath and fluttering or pounding in the chest.
Untreated AFib doubles the risk of heart related deaths
Heart Arrhythmia can be serious and fatal. Atrial fibrillation called as AFib is a type of arrhythmia which is a rapid heart rate caused by chaotic electrical impulses in the atria. This can increase the risk of stroke and heart failure. In November 2017, Apple released the Apple Heart Study app that uses the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rates and identify any arrhythmic condition.
Apple Watch comes to help
Apple Watch’s sensor detects the amount of blood flow through the wrist using LED lights and light-sensitive photo diodes from four distinct points on the wrist and fed the data into software algorithms to identify irregular heart rates. The app then notifies the user who may be experiencing AFib so that they can seek medical help before any serious heart complication occurs.
Apple Innovations for proactive health care
Apple Heart Study app research is done with the partnership with the Stanford Medicine. The app is currently available in the US App store to users above 22 years and have Apple Watch Series 1 or later. As Apple watch is gaining more capabilities as a medical device accessory for a healthy life this breakthrough study will help further advancement in the field of medical care to help billions of people experiencing complications of heart arrhythmia.