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We've been looking at this for a couple years and we think Apple Watch can help. And the benefits of joining the study may offer you some incredibly valuable insight into your heart health.

Apple launched the Apple Heart Study app on Thursday, which will collect data on your heart rhythms using the Apple Watch, and send you a notification if you may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib).

"Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach", Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a statement.

The way Apple explains it, a sensor inside the watch uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist.

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The study is open to USA participants 22 years of age or older. The user will wear the patch for a few days, allowing researchers to get side-by-side Apple Watch heart rate and ECG data.

Healthcare has been looking to mHealth and digital health devices - particularly wearables - for many years in an effort to detect AFib conditions earlier, a hard process given the lack of noticeable symptoms. The technology can also monitor the pattern of the heartbeat.

Apple has launched a new research study for heart patients that's centered around the Apple Watch. The study had been previously announced back in September.

"We're excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study".

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At least 33 million units of the Watch have been sold, according to Asymco analyst Horace Deidu - Apple itself does not officially release sales figures, nor information on who is buying the Watch. The watch then uses algorithms to isolate heart rhythms from other "noise". Lastly, it could be an interesting talking point for pharmacists that are conducting MTM services as this could be a tool to collect data from.

ResearchKit has enabled 12 research study apps, including a Concussion Tracking app from NYU Langone, a mole-mapping app that detects melanoma from Oregon Health and Science University, and an app promoting sleep health from the University of California San Diego, all of which are free on the app store.

He also noted that the Apple Watch has successfully identified arrhythmia in previous third-party studies. But Apple researchers said they believe the Watch will provide a representative sample of the population for their study.

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