- Study finds Apple watch can detect hypertension and sleep apnea
Researchers have found the Apple watch can be successfully used for precise detection of hypertension and sleep apnea. The study was conducted in collaboration between the health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Their results suggest the wearable Apple gear along with other watches such as Fitbit can accurately detect common but serious health conditions.
The Apple watch used in the experiments was able to detect abnormal heart rhythm with an accuracy of 97 percent.
Moreover the Apple watch successfully detected sleep apnea in the subjects with an accuracy of 90 percent. Similarly the result for hypertension in the subjects was detected with an accuracy of 82 percent, according to TechCrunch.
An estimated 22 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. Meanwhile according to the American Sleep Apnea Association 80% of US adults are considered to have moderate and severe cases of undiagnosed sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can prove to be deadly when a person may stop breathing while sleeping leading to death.
Similarly according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 75 million adults in the US suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Basically the same amounts of people are at risk of heart disease and stroke.
The current study used a sample of 6,115 participants. All of the participants used the Cardiogram app in their Apple watches over a period of time. Sleep apnea was detected in more than 1,016 participants, while hypertension was identified in 2,230 participants.
Data collected from the Apple watches was interpreted by the deep neural network of DeepHeart, which recognized hypertension and sleep apnea. The study is promising as a way to diagnose health problems in people who may not they have it.
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