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Apple Watch Can Detect Hypertension And Sleep Apnea

Apple Watch Can Detect Hypertension And Sleep Apnea

The Apple Watch is now the world's leading wearable device alongside Fitbit and it would seem that both can be used to detect hypertension and sleep apnea.

The data that fitness trackers collect about your body goes far beyond just how many steps you've taken, and researchers are just beginning to understand how to harness all that valuable data-collecting power.

The study looked at data from 6,115 Apple Watch wearers that was interpreted by the Cardiogram "DeepHeart" neural network. It's only the latest example in a string of recent studies in which researchers have tapped into the biosensors of wearables to turn them into devices that can detect and monitor serious health conditions. In a study conducted through a collaborative effort between University of California San Francisco and Cardiogram, a startup company, this might be addressed by wearing a smartwatch, WIRED reports. About 90 per cent of the time it was able to accurately detect those with sleep apnea; 82 per cent of the time it accurately detected hypertension.

The study tapped Cardiogram, an Apple Watch application created to monitor heart activity and flag irregularities. The training used 70% of those participants with the remaining 30% of participants not used for training.

The USCF team and Cardiogram trained the AI-based algorithms to detect the two conditions based on the principles that patients with low heart rates are more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure also known as hypertension., while those with a certain beat-to-beat rate variability are very likely wot be diagnosed with sleep apnea.

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Brandon Ballinger, co-founder of Cardiogram, said in a blog post: "When we talk about artificial intelligence in medicine, we often debate whether machines will replace tasks doctors do today".

Since the app is able to track heart rates and can detect when the heart rate spikes during the normal REM sleep cycle, it can also detect when that cycle is abnormal.

"Simply marketing this as health tech is not sufficient".

The crucial difference an Apple Watch or other heart rate-monitoring wearable has over visiting a doctor is its ability to constantly monitor and record data.


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