May 17, 2017 11:45 AM EDT
The latest Apple Watch app has the capability to detect a common form of heart abnormality. That's not all for it can provide up to 97 percent accuracy.
The Verge reported on the latest Apple Watch app that can provide 97 percent accurate result during times when the app detects a heart irregularity. The Heart Rhythm Society revealed the results upon testing the Watch app last week.
The Apple Watch app was found to be very helpful for people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation, a heart condition which often has no symptoms. According to TechCrunch, a study was conducted to prove the accuracy of the Watch app using a Cardiogram app. 6,158 participants were subjected to the study, 200 among them were diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation or abnormal heartbeat.
About a quarter of strokes are found out to be caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, which the Apple Watch app could detect the earliest time possible. Atrial fibrillation is a condition of the irregular heartbeat which happens on the two upper heart chambers for it does not sync with the beat in the two lower chambers.
Aside from heart attack, atrial fibrillation can also cause kidney disease and dementia according to professor Greg Marcus from the University of California, San Francisco Health eHeart study. Professor Marcus further said that the condition of atrial fibrillation, symptoms may include heart palpitations and shortness of breath, but oftentimes, there are no symptoms at all.
Meanwhile, the Apple Watch app with Cardiogram brings a lot of health in the monitoring of the atrial fibrillation condition. Imagine, the Apple Watch app won't require anything from the user, but it will take the best care of its owner. "The Apple Watch app will be very useful; however, the diagnosis will still be needed to be confirmed with the use of a conventional EKG," professor Marcus said.