O Apple Watch it has been a big deal for health researchers who are interested in knowing how far technology can help people's well-being.
THE startup Cardiogram who has already created a homonymous app to monitor heartbeat joined University of California (San Francisco) in a study to check the possibility of the Apple Watch detect sleep apnea and hypertension.
This new study showed that Ma's watch can detect sleep apnea with an accuracy of 90% and hypertensive with a need for 82%, which is really very good.
To do this, they used the Cardiogram app and had 6,115 participants wearing the watch for a certain period of time. The app was able to detect sleep apnea in 1,016 of the participants and hypertension in 2,230 of the testers.
Even though the study was conducted on an Apple Watch, the app's co-creator, Johnson Hsieh, believes it can be applied to other wearables that have heart rate monitoring because they basically have the same technology.
The idea here is that by selecting continuously, you would identify people with hypertension who may not know they have it. And then, you would guide them through the appropriate final diagnosis, which would be through a blood pressure cuff and then treatment.
To give us an idea of how useful this type of detection can be, the American Sleep Apnea Association shared data showing that about 22 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease and, oddly enough, there are an additional 80% of undiagnosed cases. This is already hypertensive, high pressure is an illness that affects 75 million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Now, imagine if people who wear your clothes can usually be "warned" that their health needs attention for problems like these! Modern devices have many advantages and, fortunately, testing does not stop there.