Research on AFib and blood thinners uses Apple Watch to collect data

A new, 7-year study aims to reduce the use of blood thinners and lower the risk of AFib using the Apple Watch.

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The study recently received $37 funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and will focus on reducing dependence on blood thinners, which are not only expensive but can cause problems like bleeding and more. AFib, or atrial fibrillation, is a condition that plagues the US, with 2.5 million to 5 million citizens afflicted with it.

As part of the collaboration between Northwestern Medicine and the American Heart Association, the study aims to use Apple Watch to check for possible AFib, thanks to built-in technology such as the EKG app and heart-related notifications.

Apple would donate the hardware and make apps for study use, including a modified algorithm to monitor heart rhythms to see if they are unusually high.

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