Apple and Stanford report medical research results from Apple Watch [atualizado]

In November 2017, we commented that Apple launched an app for Watch to perform cardiac studies.

Apple Health Study

The app collected data on irregular heart rhythms and could notify users with possible atrial fibrillation (atrial fibrillation, or AFib). If you were notified of any irregularity in your heartbeat, you could receive a free consultation (by video) on your iPhone by a study physician in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine.

Last August, the entry of new participants was closed and, by the end of January, everything was properly closed. Now Apple and Stanford University School of Medicine have released the results of what was the largest study of its kind, involving more than 400,000 participants from all 50 states over an 8-month period.

"We are proud to work with Stanford University School of Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch on the medical community," said Jeff Williams, Apple COO. “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and active heart health information through Apple Watch.”

The findings were presented at the American University of Cardiology's 68th Science Session and Annual Exposition, and the study results showed that 0.5% of the more than 400,000 participants received an irregular heart rate notification, illustrating the resource's ability to provide important information. about the health of the user without unnecessarily overloading the doctor's schedule. Many participants sought medical advice following irregular pace notification, using the information to have more meaningful conversations with their doctors.

"As doctors, we are always trying to find ways to provide patients with health information that is meaningful to them for individualized care," said Sumbul Desai, Apple's PhD and vice president of health. “Seeing the medical research reflect what we are hearing from the positive consumers and we are excited to see Apple Watch helping even more consumers in the future as we collaborate with the medical community for further research.”

For those interested, the full survey has been published here by Stanford.

Update 3/18/2019 at 16:30

In an interview for Men’s HealthDr. Desai further detailed the study.

In people under 40, only 0.16% of participants received notifications; Already in people over 65, the number has risen to 3%. She also explained that for the user to receive notification in the study, five instances of irregular heart rhythm had to be detected.

The doctor made it clear, however, that Apple Watch cannot officially diagnose or filter patients. The results presented by the watch are intended to be only a starting point for an interaction with the physician.

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