OLATHE, Kan. – The University of Kansas Medical Center has teamed with Garmin to better understand how wearables can help detect and manage significant medical conditions like sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.
“As patients assume increased responsibility for their own health care, Garmin is committed to the development of wearables that can lead to the prevention or detection of serious health conditions,” said Scott Burgett, director of Garmin Health Engineering, in a statement.
Garmin has worked with UKMC to study how a wearable equipped with optical sensors could detect sleep apnea and provide a lower cost alternative to an overnight sleep center evaluation.
“Wearables have already increased the public’s awareness of activity levels while awake,” said Dr. Suzanne Stevens, clinical assistant professor of neurology at UKMC, in a statement. “This research helps us better understand how wearables can do the same while asleep, helping to detect sleep apnea, which left untreated can affect mood, memory, trigger heart arrhythmias, heart attacks, and even strokes.”
Garmin Health is also working with Dr. Madhu Reddy, associate professor of medicine at UKMC, to study how Garmin wearables could detect atrial fibrillation.
“Wearable technology capable of early detection and monitoring of heart rhythm disorders will be a revolutionary boon to cardiac care,” said Dr. Reddy, in a statement.