Apple researching whether its smartwatch can be used to detect heart problems

James Marshall
September 13, 2017

Apple's launched a new version of its Apple watch, with even more high-tech health features, including one that will tell you if you're having heart problems. As such, the optical heart rate monitor is ahem at the heart of watchOS 4.

"A regular heart rhythm has a familiar pattern, but when your heart beats irregularly it's called arrhythmia", explained Apple exec Jeff Williams.

Apple will enhance the heart rate app to monitor measurements like resting heart rate, recovery heart rate and a notification for an elevated heart rate when you don't appear to be active.

It'll also track heart rhythm, so wearers will know if they've developed an irregular heart beat, or enable them to monitor existing irregularities.

The Apple Watch Series 3 will be available in the United States from 22 September.

Apple has teamed up with a group of clinicians at Stanford and telemedicine vendor American Well to detect whether its smartwatch can be used to detect common heart conditions, a report said on Monday. "The people requested anonymity as these plans have not yet been made public", Farr reported. This is in partnership with Stanford Medicine, enabling the greater study and understanding of heart conditions. It's here that the Apple Watch could be a fantastic medical tool.

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While the electronic SIM was only demoed using an AT&T network, this is the first iteration of what could become a norm for Apple devices.

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