Apple watch will become a smart doctor

Alfred Osborne
November 14, 2017

"If you have hypertension it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease". The experiment involved 6 thousand people wearing the Apple Watch.

The study tapped Cardiogram, an Apple Watch application created to monitor heart activity and flag irregularities.

It affects 22million adults in the U.S. and if left untreated the oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and heart attacks. DeepHeart was trained on data from 70 percent of participants and tested on the 30 percent of participants that weren't the same participants used to collect the data. Though it was originally developed for Apple Watch, Cardiogram can now be used with wearables including Fitbits, Apple Watches, Garmins, and Android Wear devices. "So there is this major undiagnosed problem".

Furthermore, Aetna partnered with Apple to lower the cost of Apple Watches so it can give them to its members at a reduced price.

The study found that the neural network could correctly recognize hypertension with 82% accuracy and sleep apnea with 90% accuracy.

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On Monday, a research claimed that the heart rate sensor and step counter of Apple Watch could predict whether the wearer has high blood pressure or suffering from sleep apnea.

At first glance, the association between heart rate, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea may seem surprising.

Both the startup company and the UCSF collaborated to reveal that the said smartwatch could predict hypertension and sleep apnea. More than 1,000 volunteers were diagnosed with sleep apnea, while around 2,200 had high blood pressure. The app could also provide advice after a diagnosis, or link people to medical practitioners or health coaches, Ballinger says. Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist and executive director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California, says the idea of inferring conditions indirectly from heart rate and step counts needs more testing.

Next, researchers from Cardiogram want to use data collected by wearable gadgets to help improve detection of diabetes. "The study is seeing a correlation and that's important to know, but the value is still unproven for medicine", she says. The Cardiogram study relies on the DeepHeart platform.

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