Apple Launches Heart Study You Can Join

Apple Launches Heart Study You Can Join

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Apple has announced the launch of the Apple Heart Study app, a research study using the Apple Watch heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib).

AFib, the leading cause of stroke, is responsible for approximately 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the US every year. Many people don’t experience symptoms, so AFib often goes undiagnosed. To calculate heart rate and rhythm, Apple Watch’s sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. The sensor’s unique optical design gathers signals from four distinct points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise. The Apple Heart Study app uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm.

“Every week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib. These stories inspire us and we're determined to do more to help people understand their health,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.”

Apple Launches Heart Study You Can Join

Apple is partnering with Stanford Medicine to perform the research. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is identified, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. The 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.

“Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach,” said Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. “We’re excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study.”

Apple Launches Heart Study You Can Join

Requirements:
- Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 4 or later
- iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later
- You must be a U.S. resident, 22 years or older, and meet other study eligibility criteria as described in the Apple Heart Study app
- You must provide your consent to participate in the study

You can download Apple Heart Study from the App Store for free.

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Apple Launches Heart Study You Can Join
4 leaf clover - December 6, 2017 at 4:44am
Apple should offer 20-35% discount rates on purchases who produce health insurance cards at purchase. They so concerned about the healthcare , they should grant every employee the use of their watches..
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Marcos Maldonado  - December 1, 2017 at 3:38am
How about rest of the world? We have hearts too
Shaze - November 30, 2017 at 9:21pm
Only for Americans...
Ocanefun - November 30, 2017 at 5:51pm
This is great news for some of us with health issues!
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