Apple has today released a new app called the Apple Heart Study app that will enable the company to obtain data of irregular heart rhythm through the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor. It will detect a type of abnormality with the heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and will send notifications to users who may be suffering from irregularities.
Back in September, when Apple launched watchOS 4, it introduced its Heart Study initiative. For this project, the Apple is teaming up with Stanford University. The company’s plan is to use heart rate data to give better information to doctors, patients, and researchers of cases of a heart irregularity.
Atrial fibrillation which also called as AFib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications if left unchecked. According to estimation, at least 2.7 million Americans are suffering from Afib and approximately 33.5 million people around the world are living with this irregularity.
Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams said in a statement, “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions; we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.”
The app measures heart rate when Watch’s sensor flashes it LED green lights hundreds of times per second to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrists.
This new Apple Heart Study will be beneficial in a new era of proactive health care central to the Precision Health approach.