Wearables Can Detect Hypertension & Sleep Apnea, Suggests New Study

Wearables Can Detect Hypertension & Sleep Apnea, Suggests New Study

A study from the University of California San Francisco and Cardiogram has been published, and the findings suggest that the Apple Watch might be an excellent tool for predicting hypertension and sleep apnea.

Since the app is able to track heart rates and can detect when the heart rate spikes during the normal REM sleep cycle, it can also detect when that cycle is abnormal. Apple has proactively pursued health care apps for its operating systems and Apple Watch, and has filed patents for health-related wearable tech like emergency-detecting sensors. On this, the algorithm returned its 90 percent sleep apnea and 82 percent hypertension accuracy - a performance described by authors of the study as "surprisingly good".

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 22 million USA citizens suffer from sleep apnea. Meanwhile according to the American Sleep Apnea Association 80% of U.S. adults are considered to have moderate and severe cases of undiagnosed sleep apnea. This is a serious condition where the person affected stops breathing in their sleep and can lead to death.

The study looked at data from 6,115 Apple Watch wearers that was interpreted by the Cardiogram "DeepHeart" neural network.

Similarly according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 75 million adults in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). "If you have hypertension it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney disease".

Ballinger added that the study's results are "high enough to support feasible, cost-effective, widely-deployable screening of hypertension and sleep apnea".

Described the achievement in a short time to retrain your Apple watch from the list of gadgets in the list of medical developments. The study is promising as a way to diagnose health problems in people who may not they have it.

Cardiogram and UCSF's research on heart is the third significant study published about deep learning in medicine.

The crucial difference an Apple Watch or other heart rate-monitoring wearable has over visiting a doctor is its ability to constantly monitor and record data.

He adds: 'Then you'd guide them through the appropriate final diagnosis, which would be through a blood pressure cuff and then treatment'.