Apple study suggests wearable technology may be useful in detecting atrial fibrillation

Apple study suggests wearable technology may be useful in detecting atrial fibrillation

by John R. Fischer, Staff Reporter | March 22, 2019
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One-third of those who received these messages were diagnosed with the ECG patch a week later, a result which echoes how the intermittent nature of the condition makes it simple for it to go undetected in subsequent ECG patch monitoring.

Fifty-seven percent of all who received an irregular pulse notification sought medical attention, an action that the authors hope will increase by conducting further research, which will validate the benefits of this form of technology.

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“The performance and accuracy we observed in this study provides important information as we seek to understand the potential impact of wearable technology on the health system,” Marco Perez, M.D., associate professor of cardiovascular medicine and another principal investigator, said in a statement. “Further research will help people make more informed health decisions.”

The study was funded by Apple and conducted by researchers from the Lankenau Heart Institute, Jefferson Medical College, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, StopAfib.org, the American Foundation for Women’s Health, and Duke University.

Turakhia did not respond for comment.

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