An Apple a Day

Apple_WatchThe old saying about an apple a day just received a shot in the arm from the tech world. Apple, the company, just unveiled a new health and fitness tracking watch that “could” help detect potential heart problems.

From Engadget.com:

Apple is expanding the health-monitoring features of its Watch line with a focus on the heart. The Apple Watch is getting an improved heart-rate monitoring system that allows users to raise their wrists to see their heart rates and fresh metrics, among a raft of other new features. The Watch will also notify wearers if their heart rate jumps up when they’re not actually exercising, signaling a potential problem.

According to Fortune Magazine, “The Apple Watch 3 will come with a revamped heart rate monitor, which will collect data things like post-workout recovery heart rate and abnormal spikes in heart rate while at rest. The heart rhythm tracking feature could be particularly important for patients who may not know that they suffer from cardiac arrhythmias, including those who have atrial fibrillation (AFib). At least 2.7 million Americans have the condition, which consists of an irregular heart beat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart problems including heart failure, according to the American Heart Association.”

Apple is teaming up with Stanford University for a major heart study to test whether the new Apple watch’s heart-rate monitor can in fact detect cardiac issues. CNBC writes:

For this study, it is working with federal regulators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It will need to show that Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor is sufficiently accurate and sensitive to be used as a screening tool. Otherwise, hospitals will find their emergency rooms flooded with so-called false positives — people who think they might be having a serious cardiac event but are actually perfectly healthy.

The Verge.com added, “The company plans on using heart rate data to better inform patients, doctors, and researchers of cases of heart irregularity, building on existing research done with the Apple Watch that proved the device is capable of detecting heart irregularity with up to 97 percent accuracy. The device is not yet capable of being used for official diagnoses, but it is a useful tool for screening.”

TechCrunch.com put together a short video on the new Apple watch and its heart rate monitor. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.

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Let us know what you think about Apple’s latest watch and whether you believe this is a health breakthrough or simply a lot of sizzle without much substance. Listening to feedback from our partners is important if we hope to find new and innovative ways to drive better health in our state. Because the healthier we are, the sooner we can reach our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

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