New Mass. hospital study finds wearable devices may better detect heart issues

There have been a number of stories done in the past where smart devices, such as an Apple Watch, have detected heart issues before doctors find them. Doctors at Mass. General Hospital have seen it first-hand, so they wanted to put it to the test with scientific research.Mass General’s Dr. Shaan Khurshid was one of the lead researchers of the study, which found screening people for atrial fibrillation using wearable devices is more cost-effective than traditional methods like EKGs.The research focused on 65 and older patients. It showed wearable devices resulted in a reduction of strokes, because constant screening picked up on potentially irregular heart rhythms. Khurshid said he understands not everyone has access to these devices and said more study is definitely needed to address issues like false positives — and whether this kind of screening would also be useful in younger people.

There have been a number of stories done in the past where smart devices, such as an Apple Watch, have detected heart issues before doctors find them.

Doctors at Mass. General Hospital have seen it first-hand, so they wanted to put it to the test with scientific research.

Mass General’s Dr. Shaan Khurshid was one of the lead researchers of the study, which found screening people for atrial fibrillation using wearable devices is more cost-effective than traditional methods like EKGs.

The research focused on patients 65 and older.

It showed wearable devices resulted in a reduction of strokes, because constant screening picked up on potentially irregular heart rhythms.

Khurshid said he understands not everyone has access to these devices and said more study is definitely needed to address issues like false positives — and whether this kind of screening would also be useful in younger people.

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