Stanford Medicine today reported results of the Apple Heart Study app at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo. The Apple Heart Study app was released in November of 2017. The study lasted eight months and included 400,000 participants from all 50 states.
Apple and Stanford joint study was to evaluate the use of Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification. The Apple Watch checks the wearer’s heart rhythm in the background periodically can send notifications if an irregular heart rhythm or atrial fibrillation (AFib) appear at any time.
As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.
The study showed 0.5 percent of the over 400,000 participants received an irregular heart rhythm notification those who sought medical advice following their irregular rhythm notification, used the information collected to have a more in-depth discussion with their doctors.
Apple’s COO Jeff Williams said “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community,” going on to say “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.”
Sumbul Desai, MD, Apple’s vice president of Health said “As physicians, we are always trying to find ways to offer patients health information that is meaningful to them for individualized care” going on to say “Seeing medical research reflect what we’re hearing from consumers is positive and we’re excited to see Apple Watch helping even more consumers in the future while collaborating with the medical community to further research.”
This is a huge win for Apple as this shows how the Apple Watch can save lives with early detection and giving users intensive to buy the Apple Watch Series 4.
I would like to point out that the Apple Heart Study app is not on the app store anymore as of writing this.