- Apple recently shared a press release on how healthcare professionals are planning to use the Apple Watch to improve heart care.
- Researchers in Australia are launching a study on the possibility of using the Apple Watch ECG app to take patient ECGs from anywhere in monitoring toxicity levels from cancer treatments.
- Others are using the Apple Watch heart sensors for early detection of heart arrhythmia and to study the effects of environmental disasters on firefighters’ hearts.
Apple Watch is no longer just a gadget to tell time and the company recently shared a press release on how healthcare professionals are planning to use it to improve heart care in the coming years.
In the first case are senior pediatric oncologists Associate professor Rachel Conyers and Dr. Claudia Toro from Australia. Their job is to care for and research how cancer treatments can affect heart rhythm due to toxicities from the treatments. They are launching a research into the possibility of using the Apple Watch ECG app to take patient ECGs from anywhere.
This research is important because it could reduce the reliance on the 12-lead electrocardiogram screening, which is only conducted once a week at their tertiary pediatric oncology clinic.
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Then, there is Dr. So-Min Cheong, who is an associate professor in the Public Service & Administration Department at the Bush School, Texas A&M University.
Her job is studying how environmental disasters and climate change affect social health. With the wildfires of 2020 and 2021, she became more interested in how the heart of firefighters are affected by wildfire smoke.
Cheong sees the Apple Watch as a noninvasive way to carry out her research and she will begin giving firefighters the gadget to wear.
Dr. Sebastiaan Blok and team are the third set of healthcare professionals mentioned in the Apple release who are taking advantage of the Apple Watch heart sensors.
Blok is a director of eHealth at the Cardiology Centers of the Netherlands and his team of researchers are looking into early detection of a common heart arrhythmia that can cause stroke, which is known as atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Since Apple Watch is already in wide use, it will be easier to use the ECG data to monitor irregular rhythm and detect AFib quickly.
The Apple Watch features high and low heart notifications, Cardio Fitness, irregular rhythm notifications, the ECG app, and AFib History, all of which healthcare professionals focused on heart find vital.
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