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Stanford scientists just gave us an unprecedented look at how well the Apple Watch detects heart problems (AAPL)

Stanford scientists just gave us an unprecedented look at how well the Apple Watch detects heart problems (AAPL)
Hollis Johnson



Two months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company's "greatest contribution to mankind" would be in health.




A new study led by Stanford researchers provides a glimpse at how that vision is beginning to take shape.




The preliminary analysis suggests that the Apple Watch can accurately detect some heart problems.




But there are caveats. For one, the study didn't include the most recent Apple Watch, which has an extra feature that helps detect heart problems.




The study looked at whether the watch can detect atrial fibrillation, or afib, a common but potentially serious disorder. Other tech companies like Fitbit are also trying to detect it.



Roughly two months after Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company's "greatest contribution to mankind" would be in health, a new study provides the first glimpse at how that vision is beginning to take shape.
The unprecedented analysis, known as the Apple Heart Study, involved teaming up with cardiologists at Stanford University and studying more than 400,000 people. Their aim was to learn whether the Apple Watch and its heart-rate sensor could properly pick up on irregularities in people's heartbeat.
An early look at the work suggests it can. Of course, there are caveats.
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