A new study by Stanford University revealed that Apple Watch can be used as a reliable telemedicine solution to detect cardiovascular diseases.
Apple Watch can help detect conditions such as Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) with its ECG capability. We even hear that this feature saves the lives of some users with heart disease.
A new study by Stanford University researchers has revealed that Apple Watch, which stands out with its health-oriented features, can be used as a reliable telemedicine solution to detect cardiovascular diseases.
Data collected from 110 participants
According to the researchers, the data collected by the device can be used in a clinical setting to detect heart diseases. 110 participants with cardiovascular disease were given an iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 3 with VascTrack application installed.
Participants performed 6MWT (6-minute walking test) weekly at home via the VascTrac application, while both devices collected data such as daily step counts. It was seen that the data obtained from the participants who were followed for six months gave positive results.
Data close to clinical tests
The tests revealed that the iPhone and Apple Watch can accurately analyze the “fragility” with 90% accuracy. In other words, the researchers concluded that passive data collected at home were almost as accurate as a clinical-based test in predicting heart disease risk.
The aim of the study was to show whether wearable devices capable of measuring health and fitness could collect clinically reliable health data. As a result, it was determined that measurements based on smart devices can provide clinically accurate and meaningful information about people with cardiovascular disease.