Apple, Johnson & Johnson Team Up For Stroke Risk-Reducing Study And App

Alonzo Simpson
February 27, 2020

It examined the results of multiple studies with the Apple Watch's AFib detection.

The reason why this association between the iPhone manufacturer and Johnson & Johnson promises a life-saving potential is due to the fact that, while AFib is a leading cause of stroke, people often do not experience symptoms in the previous period.

In another recent clinical study published in Circulation, researchers examined the ability of the Apple Watch to detect AFib in a group of patients post-cardiac surgery, a common complication after this procedure. A press release provided details on J&J's own app, Heartline Study, which is going to work with the Apple Watch's heart health features to see if they can "improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke". AFib, if not treated, can lead to a stroke and other serious health conditions.

For now, people who've joined the study could be the only ones that can use the beta tests for the new health app from the two companies.

You can download the app here for an iPhone. Heartline will last three years and be one of the largest digital-health studies ever, according to CNBC.

The app has Apple's signature rings, representing health goals such as calories burned and steps taken represented in colorful loops. The Apple Watch, nevertheless, has not just been a success in the smartwatch sector, yet additionally the wellness technology market, with the ECG function on its Series 4 and also Series 5 watches, that has declared to have actually conserved numerous by spotting atrial fibrillation (AFib)- a problem related to uncommon heart price, making an individual susceptible to strokes.

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The Internet is already full of countless stories about how people's Apple Watch has literally been able to save their lives, either through the feature that allows users to call 9-1-1 with their voice if they are immobilized in a vehicle accident.

The irregular rhythm notification feature will provide notifications of irregular heart rhythms suggestive of AFib.

It has been known that Apple has been promoting the Apple Watch as something that can be of help to people on keeping track of their vital medical information, especially their heart rate.

Through the application-based approach, the study will allow participants to participate in the study remotely, directly from their iPhone and, in some cases, an Apple Watch, instead of traveling to a clinical trial site. This means Apple Watch can not detect all instances of AFib, and people with AFib may not get a notification.

The collaboration with Johnson & Johnson is Apple's latest move to get more involved in healthcare.

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