Apple Watch and Fitbit can detect hypertension and sleep apnoea

Apple Watch and Fitbit can detect hypertension and sleep apnoea
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A study has found that healthcare wearables are able to accurately detect if users are suffering from serious conditions.

Devices such as the Apple Watch of Fitbit can pick up if wears are suffering from serious conditions such as sleep apnoea or hypertension.

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Research from Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco found that the Apple Watch displayed the ability to detect an abnormality within heartrate with an accuracy of up to 97%.

The findings also suggest that symptoms of sleep apnoea can be identified with an 82% accuracy.

Based on the heart rate and step counts of the 6,115 active participants used in the research, the UCSF found that fitness wearables demonstrated a ‘surprisingly good prediction’ of the conditions.

The participants were recruited via the Cardiogram app to test their Apple Watch over the course of the research.

Apple Watch and Fitbit can detect hypertension and sleep apnoea
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Symptoms of sleep apnoea, which can be fatal, was found in 1,016 of the participants, while evidence of hypertension was detected in 2,230 participants with the DeepHeart algorithm.

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Although the research was conducted on an Apple Watch, Johnson Hsieh, Cardiogram’s co-founder, told TechCrunch that similar devices such as Fitbit would work in the same way so long as they have a heart monitor.

‘The idea here is that by screening continuously you would identify people with hypertension who might not know they have it.’.

‘And then you’d guide them through the appropriate final diagnosis, which would be through a blood pressure cuff and then treatment,’ said Hsieh.

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