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The Watch Is Smart, but It Can’t Replace Your Doctor

The Apple Watch has been quite successful as a smart watch. The company would also like it to succeed as a medical device. The recently published results of the Apple Heart Study in the New England Journal of Medicine show there’s still a long way to go.

An estimated six million people in the United States — nearly 2 percent — have atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that brings increased risk of events like clots, heart attacks and strokes. It’s thought that about 700,000 of people with the condition don’t know they have it.

A selling point of the watch is a sensor that can monitor a wearer’s pulse and potentially detect atrial fibrillation.


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 The Watch Is Smart, but It Can’t Replace Your Doctor

Apple has been advertising its watch’s ability to detect atrial fibrillation. The reality doesn’t quite live up to the promise.

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Since AFib is only one of the many types of arrhythmias, there is a growing concern among cardiologist that potential costs in terms of false alerts could outweigh the proposed benefits in terms of early detection. However, cardiologists must remember that Afib detection is only the first step for this wearable device. Future algorithmic developments can also cover a majority of arrhythmias including identifying extra beats, supraventricular tachycardias, ventricular arrhythmias, and bradyarrhythmias.

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