In the study, researchers looked at the heart rate data from more than 6,000 Apple Watch users. Cardiogram’s app called ‘DeepHeart’ is connected to a neural network that can spot high blood pressure in 82% of cases and sleep apnea in 90% of cases.
The USCF team and Cardiogram trained the AI-based algorithms to detect the two conditions based on the principles that patients with low heart rates are more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure also known as hypertension., while those with a certain beat-to-beat rate variability are very likely wot be diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Cardiogram researchers said the app’s neural network was fed with data on 70 percent of the volunteers. The data and principles were tested on the rest of participants. More than 1,000 volunteers were diagnosed with sleep apnea, while around 2,200 had high blood pressure.
Apple Watch Could Soon Spot Other Common Heart Conditions
Cardiogram is confident that the Apple Watch and other similar gadgets could soon prove to be a cost-effective diagnosis tool for the two conditions affecting more and more people in the Western world.
Independent experts confirmed that the accuracy of the unprecedented screening method is enough to prompt future research, but before peer-reviewed research confirms the findings, Cardiogram plans to embed the screening tools into its future products.
The last time Cardiogram used DeepHeart on an Apple Watch was to spot irregularities in heart rate rhythms. The technique spotted the health issues in 97% of cases. The findings prompted Apple to join forces with a Stanford team for their own research on the matter. apple is confident the Apple Watch can detect other common heart conditions.
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