Apple announced the advent of a new era in medicine

FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File Photo

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — IT giant together with Stanford conducted research on the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation using Apple Watch.

Apple and scientists at Stanford Medicine presented an eight-month study of more than 400,000 participants who used Apple Watch to monitor their heart rhythms for signs of a disease known as atrial fibrillation.

The electrocardiogram watches themselves are not new, but the update allows you to detect heart rhythm disorders.

The results were announced at the conference of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, which caused a strong reaction from doctors.

The discussion was limited not only by Apple Watch, but also by the expansion of the role of consumer gadgets in screening and, possibly, even in the diagnosis of diseases.

According to CNBC, citing representatives of the medical community, the current study attracted a large number of participants, which inspires optimism about its results.

Although some experts have expressed concern that the use of Apple Watch will lead to data corruption.

Most agreed that the results presented by the companies are preliminary, as the relevant article has not yet been published in the profile press.

Moreover, it was an observational, not a randomized, controlled trial. Apple is working on this kind of research, including the use of Apple Watch for heart monitoring, in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

Atrial fibrillation is one of the diseases to which the research of the IT giant is devoted, annually affects up to 6 million people in the United States.

However, this disease is often not diagnosed. For some people, especially those over 65, this disease increases the risk of serious complications, including strokes.

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