Apple And Stanford Medicine Announce Full Results From Apple Watch Heart Study

from 9to5 Mac

Apple and Stanford Medicine today announced the results of the Apple Heart Study. The study enrolled over 400,000 participants, making it the “largest study ever of its kind,” according to Apple. The findings were presented in New Orleans this morning.

The goal of the study, Apple says, was to evaluate Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification. If an irregular rhythm was detected, participants received a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram patch for additional supervision.

As for the results, Stanford Medicine researchers say the Apple Heart Study showed 0.5 percent of the 419,093 participants received an irregular heartbeat notification:

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12 Responses to Apple And Stanford Medicine Announce Full Results From Apple Watch Heart Study

  1. Horace Bryce Jr March 19, 2019 at 12:32 am #

    This article was a very interesting read. As a previous owner of an Apple Watch I am well aware of the “Heart” app that came with it. What I did not know was that Apple was utilizing the app, with the help of Stanford Medicine, to conduct a irregular heart study. With 419,093 participants I would not be surprised if others I know with an Apple Watch was a part of the “largest study ever of its kind.” Basically if a irregular heart beat was picked up by the Apple watch it would send a notification to the user through a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram patch. After looking it up a telehealth consultation is the utilization of digital information, such as a phone or computer, to access services related to health care. An electrocardiogram patch (EKG for short) is a small electrode patch connected to the skin that is used to record the electrical activity of ones heart. Out of the 419,093, Stanford Medical resulted that 0.5 percent received the irregular heartbeat notification. That amounts to about 2000 people that were notified, which seems so incremental in comparison to Apples full study number. I would actually like to question the validity of this result. How accurate is the Apple Watch in the detection of irregular heartbeats? Also, how many of these cases actually helped in the detection of a real irregular heart beats? Lastly, how many were false alarms? I only ask this because this is a new study, therefore there must be complications and misinterpretations of and with data. I wish Apple would have answered these questions before announcing their results. Regardless, this study ran by Apple is the epitome of how technology can be used to elongate the human life span. With tools such as the Apple Watch, I ponder whether or not man kind will move towards the concept of cybernetic organism. Mixing both organic and biomechatronic body parts in hopes to help one better understand and avoid complications their body might have.

  2. Rayzan Alarashi March 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

    The ways in which technology has advanced our medicine continues to fascinate me, especially after reading about Apples new study done with Stanford medicine. To think that a small watch simply worn around someone’s wrist has the ability to detect irregular heartbeats is truly game changing. Its nice to see a big corporation like Apple use their funding for something larger than themselves. It would be even better if other big companies continued this trend instead of leaning on ways to maximize profits that only benefited themselves. Apple has come an immensely long way since being first created, originating with simple computers to now watches that could possibly save someone’s life is a path that no one could have seen coming. It seems as if this is a trend that Apple is beginning to adopt especially since we even see apps on newer iPhone’s that can track how much you’ve walked in a day, calories burned, and other health statistics. In their study done with Stanford medicine, it was noted that there were over 400,000 participants making it the largest study done of its kind. Out of the 400,000 participants, the Apple watch was able to detect an irregular heartbeat .5% of contestants totaling to 2,000 people. One thing that I would have like to see in this research is how many of those 2,000 contestants who seeked medical help actually had irregular heartbeat, and how many were just simple false alarms. Without that statistic the whole study could be pointless because what if no one truly had irregular heartbeats or a risk of any heart issues. It may be due to the fact that this study is merely a beginning to things, but it would be helpful in the future if apple, or any other company doing this research, would make note of how many detection’s were actually true and helpful to the participants. The steps in which Apple has taken involving themselves in the medical field has the potential to become one of the greatest paths the company has taken yet. I genuinely hope that other corporations see this and are motivated to do the same because if billion dollar industries begin to partake in medicine, we could begin to discover new treatments for all sorts of health issues that may have seemed impractical in the past.

  3. David Torres March 20, 2019 at 1:55 am #

    The article, “Apple and Stanford Medicine announce full results from Apple Watch Heart Study” has truly impressed me because of how accurate the watch has to be in order to detect the underlying heart disease of the consumer. I’m sure that anyone after reading this article will be interested in getting an apple watch to become more aware of their heart health. This amazing product from apple saves people a significant amount of time by eliminating the hassle of scheduling a doctor’s appointment to simply receive a diagnosis. With the Heart study on the Apple watch, it will diagnose you without having to spend time going to the doctor’s office. This could be the start of a change in America’s problem with super high rates of heart-related deaths. When people get a notification from Apple stating that something is not normal with their heart, it allows them to have a more productive and meaningful conversation with their doctor. This study and feature were only possible with the help of the prestigious Stanford University’s department of medicine. Although, I’m sure that many people would agree with me that if the apple heart study sends you a notification regarding your unhealthy heart, you are going to be scared. Many people will surely think that they will have a heart attack within the next 10 seconds from receiving that notification. However, the amount of people that have received this information about their unhealthy heart, is significantly small. The results showed that “only 0.5% of the over 400,000 participants received an irregular heart rhythm notification.” I would have expected the numbers to be higher given that America is generally an overweight country. I’m sure that this will spark some form of attention towards Apple in the coming future. No one wants to pass away from a sudden heart attack, as they can be painful and one of the most unpleasant ways to die. The more people that have access to this feature, the better. I believe that this feature can significantly change the rate of deaths from heart diseases in the United States because of how popular Apple already is.

  4. Diamond Vasquez March 22, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

    Technology has advanced to the point where it can detect an irregular heartbeat rhythm. Apple Watch has a “irregular rhythm notification,” which gives a participant a “telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram patch for additional supervision” when an irregular rhythm is detected. Stanford Medicine conducted a study, evaluating the notification of irregular rhythm given by Apple Watch, and the study shows that only 0.5% of over 400,000 participants have received the notification, which “illustrates the feature’s ability to give a user important health information without creating unnecessary burden to their doctor’s schedule,” as described by Stanford Medicine researchers. Many of the participants desired more medical advice, so Stanford Medicine has teamed up with Apple to make sure that this is accessible for all participants. As announced by Jeff Williams, Apple COO, “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.”

    As I was reading through this article, I found it very interesting how much technology has exceled throughout they years. For something such as a watch to elaborate on your health and warn you when any part of your health is abnormal is amazing. I think that the collaboration of Apple Watch and Stanford Medicine will bring a new, useful, and easier way of checking one’s health without going to doctor’s. I am not saying that a person should not go to the doctor’s office to check on their health, but all I am saying is that it is fascinating to see a new piece of technology that can give a person medical advice to improve their health. As stated by Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of Health, “As physicians, we are always trying to find ways to offer patients health information that is meaningful to them for individualized care. Seeing medical research reflect what we’re hearing from consumers is positive and we’re excited to see Apple Watch helping even more consumers in the future while collaborating with the medical community to further research.”

    Chance Miller, the author of “Apple and Stanford Medicine announce Full Results from Apple Watch Heart Study,” truly illustrates the advancement of technology and how it continues to increase today, which is very captivating. This article was very compelling, and I would definitely encourage people to read it.

  5. Jon Sozer March 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

    I had wrote earlier in the year about the decline of Apple’s ambitious goal of “Think Different’ after the passing of Steve Jobs. I had watched Steve Jobs’ commencement speech for Stanford, and he brings the audience on a journey through his life and how he became who he was when he stood in front of them. He had a passion for his work, and his stories and presentations later during electronics convention and conferences accentuate that. However, in my personal opinion, Apple as a progressive, forward-thinking company has stagnated in the years following his death. Long gone were the ideas that Jobs brought to the world, of revolutionized mobile phones and user friendly computers. An era came about where one phone was the same as the prior, with one screen being a different size and one camera got slightly more advanced – nothing was breaking forward as a new innovation for the phone or the company. However, I feel that Apple and Stanford Medicine’s heart study can be the next leap mobile phones. Prior to the smartphone, the internet could only really be reached from larger, clunkier laptops and desktops. Now, more serious, threatening conditions – like heart attacks and irregularities – can be monitored by the great population with unprecedented access and ease. Nearly everyone has a smartphone, which means that now nearly everyone can have greater security in terms of their health, and this is but of the first steps in revolutionizing fast, mobile, reliable healthcare.

  6. Jake Moore March 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

    There is a new advancement is technology every day, and decades ago if you were to ask Steve Jobs about what his company would be and the technology they would discover and build, he would have had no idea of the possibilities we can do today. After reading the article, “Apple and Stanford Medicine announce full results from Apple Watch Heart Study” I would feel a lot safer wearing their apple smart watch. This article really interested me because to see such a huge company such as Apple implement something like this into their watches, can be a very helpful mechanism, and to think of what could be done if some of these larger companies came together and sustained this type of idea and implement somewhat of the same feature in their products. In the study done with Stanford medicine, over 400,000 participants, making it the “largest study ever of its kind”. Out of these 400,000 participants only 0.5 percent received an irregular heartbeat notification. This can be very helpful when you consult your doctor, it gives them more information to go off of to help you. One thing that the study didn’t talk about was how many of those were false alarms. With that type of statistic, you can really see how effective the watch really is. From Steve Jobs starting Apple it has come a very long way. From computers that used to be the size of an entire room to having a computer as small as your hand now. The fact that this watch can help save someone’s life is something no one really saw coming. In a news article, I found “Apple Watch saves man’s life, detecting potentially deadly heart condition” by ABC news, talks about a 46-year-old Ed Dentel who was notified by his watch about a heart condition called atrial fibrillation from an App he downloaded on his watch. He first thought it was a glitch with the watch but then he tried it on both hands and upside and downside of his hands as well and each time it came back atrial fibrillation. Concerned there might be a problem, he headed to the hospital where doctors confirmed has was in atrial fibrillation. This wasn’t the first time the Apple Watch has saved a life. A few months back 18-year-old Deanna Recktenwald, was at church and got a notification from her watch saying her heart rate had sky rocketed to 160 beats per minute. Turns out she was in kidney failure. With just these two examples you can tell how great of a piece of technology this watch really is and what it can do for so many people.

    https://6abc.com/health/apple-watch-saves-mans-life-detecting-heart-condition/4879655/

  7. Abdulrafay Amir March 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

    The innovation that Apple continues to bring to the table is always inspiring. This new feature that is being tested in regards to checking for irregular heartbeats could possibly be a major breakthrough. The fact that the Apple Watch was able to notify 0.5% users that had irregular heartbeats throughout a prolonged period of time. I believe if Apple is able to get this in the public market, this would be an enormous benefit for the people as well as the doctors. Many times, patients feel some sort of discomfort or pain and go to the doctor’s expecting something to be done about it when it is hard for doctors to always find the cause of a situation. I believe that this feature in regards to “heart health” alone would be a great accomplishment. It cuts the hassle of people going to their doctors and paying the money just to have the doctor tell you a bunch of things or not take you seriously and this isn’t always the doctor’s fault because they genuinely don’t always know immediately what’s wrong.
    By having Apple put this feature, it allows for doctors to recognize that something is possibly wrong, and they could move to look for further testing to get to the bottom of a situation rather than send the patient to get an MRI and such only to find out nothing is wrong, and all this money was wasted. I believe that this is just the first step of technology and companies like Apple being able to test and incorporate medically approved features in their phones and accessories that could help us health wise immensely. This shows signs of great hope for the possible advancements that can take place over the next years and decades that can make the lives of members in society easier and keep us aware of hidden situations that we normally would never notice until it might be too late to intervene.

  8. Goanio C March 26, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    Apple has been innovating with their technology and devices ever since their phone came out. With advances using their astound Apple Watch they are able to do more than ever. It is exciting seeing a device being innovated to monitor and assist a person’s health. Apple products come many different features, gadgets, and widgets. When Apple implemented the Health application on its devices it allowed many users to track different aspects of their health. From physical activity, to eating habits, to now heart monitoring, Apple and Stanford Medicine have opened a new and improved feature to the world. This was a smart move on behalf of Apple to team up with Stanford Medicine.

    I have always been skeptical of Apple products. The reason being is I feel as though they want too much personal information. I believe this feature is being used for good–monitoring and tracking the general health of its consumers. But when Apple implemented fingerprint touch and facial recognition to unlock phones, and Apple Pay and Wallet, I thought “they are tapping into our personal lives and our personal DNA” and that never sounds good. It felt like an invasion on my privacy. But now I feel as though Apple is bouncing back with the help of Stanford Medicine in a better direction when wanting to tap into our personal lives. This device could easily strike conversations between doctors and patients about irregular heart beats and positively impact one’s life. And the best part of it all is that it all comes with the device.

    I myself hardly ever use most of the applications that come with the iPhone. Although I do see some of them as useful and helpful in some ways, I can do without it. But this gives people an opportunity to be careful and helped by a device attached to their wrist. It is no different than a diabetic carrying around a device to track sugar levels or someone carrying around a heart monitor. Except, this one can text, call, play music, and much more. It would be nice to see the study used by more people. 400,000 is a substantial amount of people, but the more the better. I believe the relationship between doctors and technology can grow stronger as technology is being developed at a faster pace than ever for the medical field. Today we have devices that are saving lives and being cautious when humans aren’t.

    The article was refreshing as it gives a glimpse of the good that can come and is coming from technology. Technology has changed the world without a doubt, especially in the last half century. We as a society get caught up in the negatives that technology has created and forget to realize the advancements society has made for the better. Without technology we would be without most of the tangibles the world possesses. So in many ways society has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the innovations from technology and the advancements of technology. It has developed the world we know today and affects many aspects of just about everyone in society. I have no doubt that technology will continue to improve and advance the medical world.

  9. Danielle C March 26, 2019 at 11:14 pm #

    I agree with Chance’s post. He discussed Apple’s new technology and how it collects data of someone’s heartbeat. If it becomes irregular or has a concerning rhythm, it will notify a doctor and an electrocardiogram will be discussed with the issue at hand. This procedure is very helpful with technology and is always evolving and changing in the positive direction. With this new technology, a person’s doctor would be able to see the patient’s data of their vitals and discuss any concerns they acknowledge. This would break barriers when a patient is too nervous to talk to their doctor or tell them they noticed something that was going on within their body and why they were not feeling up to par. Something like this could be beneficial for older adults and people who struggle with more severe illnesses. They could track their health and see if there are any issues the patient could be experiencing. Personally, my Mom and my Aunt struggle with high blood pressure and take medications and their blood pressures daily to make sure they are monitoring their health and that the medications they are taking are working. With this technology my Mom and my Aunt are able to monitor their blood pressure and heart rate while having their doctors be able to watch and see how they are doing and let them know if they, the doctor, sees anything that concerns them. Another example is my Aunt who has high blood pressure and is a borderline diabetic must watch her heart rate and what she eats. With this technology, she would be able to monitor her health and heart rate. By doing this she can let her doctor view the data on line of how she is doing and also let her know if the doctor(s) see something concerning them. With the success of this technology, it could change the way we view our health and how we can keep track of this in the future. As much as there are health bands that track our steps, heartbeat, and stair climbs like the FitBit, Apple could take a bigger step with their watch that could become a larger competition for the FitBit. The FitBit has since started creating different bands and are similar to the Apple Watches so that a person can respond to text messages, answer a phone call, and take notes. With Apple and FitBit becoming competition for each other, people will decide which they feel will work best for them. With Apple’s new technology it will change the way people monitor their health and possibly save more lives.

  10. Trevaughn March 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

    I found this article to be very persuasive in purchasing an apple watch. Health is big issue in the world and technology like the apple watch makes sustaining your health much easier. Just as the article says, it saves you hassle of going to the doctor and trying to figure out why you have a sharp pain in your chest. Apple may not have had any major upgrades or break throughs within the past few years, but they are definitely making progress. I know a lot of people may disagree with apple and it’s products but they are doing a great job making peoples lives easier. At first I thought the apple watch was a waste of money because it did basically everything your phone does but now ” along with other brands” the watch can do some things that your phone can’t do “yet”. As a trainer and being active, I have found that the apple watch is the perfect tool to have if you need motivation to reach a certain number of calories burned. To make the watch even more desirable, it also can be linked to other individuals with the watch and make it a competition which I enjoy. Not only does the watch make monitoring your health easier, it makes doctors job easy as well. As a kid I suffered from asthma and the coughing and wheezing mainly started after the intensity of whatever I was doing got to high so this small upgrade could potentially lead to bigger upgrades or maybe even a break through in the health industry and help younger kids to monitor their heart and at a certain time or if their blood pressure get to high it can notify them. The way I see apple heading is you’ll have your own personal cat scan whenever you’re wearing your watch. The most impressive part of this article is that apple did a test to show its accuracy and in doing so has made me feel as if they really care about the people.

  11. Matt March 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

    I found this article very interesting. The discovery of an irregular heartbeat could save someone’s life. Companies should continue to try to improve medical technology. This could make the world a healthier place. However, I do not think the Apple Watch is accurate enough to find serious health issues.
    Primarily, the doctor should always be the first place someone goes for help. Doctors are trained professionals who are experts at diagnosing conditions. People should not rely on a watch to tell them if a condition is occurring. Also, blood test should always be taken, and the Apple Watch should never be a substitute to that. This feature is great, however, it is highly inaccurate. I own an Apple Watch and the results are not always consistent. I have got warned that my heartbeat was at a fast rate, however, I was also doing sprints. The alerts can turn people into hypochondriacs. And a technology error in the watch could make someone panic.
    Furthermore, I think an Apple Watch is only good for tracking exercise. They are very good at tracking steps. However, any other function the accuracy is not quite there. Even tracking sleep there is big flaws within the device. Personally, I think for it to involve doctors it needs to be thoroughly tested. If the Apple Watch is going to diagnose a condition it cannot be wrong. I do not think doctors should advise a patient based on an Apple Watch.
    Lastly, I do not think the Apple Watch will ever be a substitute for a doctor’s diagnosis. A doctor has to go to school for many years, and pass multiple exams. They will be much more accurate at making a diagnosis than an Apple Watch. Also, people who use the Apple Watch should not diagnose themselves based on the numbers. I think this technology could lead to wrong diagnosis, and can be harmful to the general public. I think owners of the watch should use it as a guide, however, it should not be used as a diagnosis. Technology needs to advance more for this device to work. Until then people should continue to go to the doctor.

  12. Viviana B April 4, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    Apple Watch’s feature to track irregular heart rhythms is the beginning of a new era in the healthcare industry. Humans who choose to use wearable technology like the Apple watch will get notified of any heart irregularity immediately. Essentially, doctors will be able to treat heart conditions at earlier stages and avoid more severe consequences. Not too long ago, patients who suffered heart conditions had no devices to track their heart rhythms regularly. The Apple watch has not only relieved patients of worry but their family members too.

    Apple and Stanford University’s collaboration in this research will help improve future health related features of the Apple Watch. For Apple consumers, the iWatch has become a very convenient device that connects us to our iPhone as well as provide us with additional information. I have had my Apple Watch for over 3 years now and it has been one of the best purchasing decisions I have made. While I am at a meeting, I can view a message or notification without having to pick up my phone. When I am at the gym, it tracks the calories I am burning and my exercise minutes. Like the Fitbit, it also tracks the steps I take and my standing hours. Furthermore, in the recent additional feature to the Apple Watch, it can track my heart rhythms and notify me if it detects an irregular heart rhythm. It is no secret that Apple’s theme within the iWatch is to encourage healthier living. The apple watch will notify me to “stand up” if I have been sitting for too long, encourage me to complete my exercise rings, and make sure my heart is healthy through its heart rhythm identifier.

    The notification of the Apple Watch also helps physicians in identifying what is going on with a patient by providing more information about the irregular heart rhythm. Last month, my aunt received a notification on her Apple Watch that she had irregular heart rhythms. Immediately she was taken to the hospital, where she showed the physicians the notification she had received on her watch. After many studies done at the hospital, my aunt was diagnosed with a heart condition that causes her to have irregular heart rhythms. Physicians were able to control her heart rhythms and prescribe her with medication that she would have to take for life. The physicians told her that if she had not arrived at the hospital at the time she did, the consequences could have been more serious. My aunt can truly testify that the Apple Watch saved her life. Through studies like Apple and Stanford University’s research, advancements in technology can continue to be implemented to improve the quality and service of the healthcare industry.

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