STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford University and Apple have launched a study to determine whether the Apple Watch’s heart-rate sensor can identify irregular heart rhythms associated with atrial fibrillation. “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 Dr. Lloyd Minor, dean of the Sanford University School of Medicine, in a statement. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is observed, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation with a study doctor and an electrocardiograph patch for additional monitoring. The sensor in the Apple Watch uses LED lights to measure heart rate and it can monitor the pattern of the heartbeat, as well. A mobile app uses this technology combined with software algorithms to identify an irregular heart rhythm.
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