Apple has proactively pursued health care apps for its operating systems and Apple Watch, and has filed patents for health-related wearable tech like emergency-detecting sensors. This new study shows the Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.
It affects 22million adults in the U.S. and if left untreated the oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and heart attacks. This is a serious condition where the person affected stops breathing in their sleep and can lead to death.
Similarly according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 75 million adults in the USA suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension).
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The study tapped Cardiogram, an Apple Watch application created to monitor heart activity and flag irregularities.
"What if we could transform wearables people already own - Apple Watches, Android Wears, Garmins, and Fitbits - into cheap, everyday screening tools using artificial intelligence?" wrote Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger in a Medium post.
According to Brandon Ballinger, Cardiogram co-founder, DeepHeart was trained on data gathered from 70 percent of total participants and then tested again on the remaining 30 percent data that were not used in the previous training. To conduct this study, specialists used a Cardiogram app. In this case, the algorithm was able to detect arrhythmia in study participants with 97 percent accuracy.
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More than one billion people globally suffer from hypertension, with 20 percent of these left undiagnosed, the World Health Organization claims. This new study will have a big impact in medicine by somehow eliminating all the need of physical check-up for the diagnosis of hypertension and sleep apnea [which are both common but serious medical conditions by the way] using a simple device.
He adds: 'Then you'd guide them through the appropriate final diagnosis, which would be through a blood pressure cuff and then treatment'.
Data collected from the Apple watches was interpreted by the deep neural network of DeepHeart, which recognized hypertension and sleep apnea.
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