Apple and Stanford’s Apple Watch study identified irregular heartbeats in over 2,000 patients

From The Verge:

Apple and the Stanford University School of Medicine each issued press releases today citing the results of the Apple Heart Study that they jointly announced in November 2017. Stanford Medicine also took its findings to the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo today. Apple fully funded the study.

The Apple Heart Study, which did not include the Apple Watch Series 4 (with its built-in ECG feature), included 419,093 participants. Apple says people from all 50 states participated over the course of eight months, and according to the university, around 0.5 percent of all participants — over 2,000 people — received notifications alerting them of heart rate irregularities over the course of the study. Researchers deemed this “an important finding given concerns about potential over-notification,” suggesting that merely being part of the Apple Heart Study wasn’t a burden for most people involved (or an unnecessarily distraction for their doctors). Many health experts are concerned that giving consumers more data to pore over isn’t necessarily a good thing and could be a strain on health care systems.

In instances where users received an irregular heart rhythm notification, doctors gave study participants were a digital consultation, as well as an electrocardiogram patch for further monitoring; readings of their electrical heart rhythm were recorded for up to a week using the proper ECG patch in these cases.

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