ANAHEIM, Calif. – Off-the-shelf wearables like the Apple Watch can accurately predict some health conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea, according to a recent study by health startup Cardiogram and researchers from the University of California San Francisco. “Our deep neural network demonstrates surprisingly good prediction of hypertension and sleep apnea given that its only inputs are heart rate and step count,” the authors wrote in a paper on the study presented recently at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. In the Health eHeart UCSF study, 6,115 active users of the Cardiogram app for Apple Watch were enrolled and their heart rate and step counts were collected for a period of one to 53 weeks. Results showed the Apple Watch detected sleep apnea at 90% accuracy and hypertension with 82% accuracy.
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