“The Apple Watch could be used to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year, according to a new study,” Brett Williams reports for Mashable.

“Heart health app Cardiogram and researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Cardiology Health eHeart project teamed up to take a closer look at just how effective the Watch can be at tracking the most clinically common heart abnormality, atrial fibrillation (AF),” Williams reports. “The irregularity, which is treatable but tough to diagnose using current medical standard practices, is the leading cause of heart failure.”

“The mRhythm project that resulted from the pairing looked at the Apple Watch-sourced heart rate readings from 6,158 Cardiogram users,” Williams reports. “The data was then used to build an algorithm to detect the distinct heart rate variability pattern caused by AF… After being trained, the research team’s algorithm was able to detect atrial fibrillation accurately 97 percent of the time, which Cardiogram software engineer Avesh Singh claims beat existing methods of diagnosis in a blog post.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch saves lives.

SEE ALSO:
College student uses SOS on Apple Watch to get rescued after rollover crash – April 27, 2017
iOS 10.2 delivers Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature to iPhone – November 9, 2016
How my Apple Watch saved my life – July 25, 2016
A real lifesaver: Apple Watch saves lives – March 28, 2016
Man credits Apple Watch with saving his life – March 15, 2016
Apple Watch saves teenager’s life; Tim Cook offers thankful teen an internship – October 2, 2015