Apple Watch flags multiple types of irregular heartbeats, study shows

Apple Watch flags multiple types of irregular heartbeats, study shows

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Apple Watch | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

People who get irregular pulse notifications on an Apple Watch but don’t have atrial fibrillation — the condition the feature focuses on detecting — could still have another type of problem with their heartbeat, according to a new study.

The findings show that even if someone with a concerning alert from their Apple Watch doesn’t get an atrial fibrillation diagnosis, they may not be in the clear, says study author Marco Perez, the director of the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center. “Even if you didn’t find atrial fibrillation, we were finding a lot of people who had something else that probably needed some clinical attention,” he says.

The analysis, published in the journal Circulation, was done using…

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