Apple Watch Detects Irregular Heartbeats In US Study😯

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Apple's Heart study, the largest yet to explore the role of wearable devices in identifying potential heart problems, found the device could accurately detect atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, US researchers reported on Wednesday.

The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), come as technology companies increasingly strike up partnerships with drugmakers as a way to gather large amounts of real-time health data on individuals.

Earlier this month, Alphabet's Google bought the health tracking company Fitbit for $2.1 billion (roughly Rs. 15,000 crores). That followed Fitbit's alliance in October with US drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to develop their own technology to spot atrial fibrillation, a condition that significantly increases the risk of stroke.

Smaller players such as AliveCor have paved the way. AliveCor's KardiaBand, a mobile phone accessory that can take medical-grade electrocardiograms (EKG) to detect dangerous heart rhythms, won US approval in 2017.

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