Apple has partnered with Stanford Medicine and released a first-of-its-kind app called Heart Study. It’s being called a research app, and uses the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor to collect data to identify irregular heart rates, and inform the wearer of any problems discovered.
The intention is to warn of atrial fibrillation, a condition that can lead to a stroke, and causes 130,000 deaths in the United States each year. Symptoms are rare, which means diagnosis is difficult.
Apple COO Jeff Williams said:
“Every week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib. These stories inspire us and we’re determined to do more to help people understand their health. Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.”
Should a potential problem be identified, those participating in the study will be able to book a free consultation with a doctor, and get an ECG patch fitted if necessary. The app is available through App Store and the study is open to US residents over 22 years old with an Apple Watch Series 1 or later.