Startups, Researchers Look To The Apple Watch To Identify Those At Risk For Strokes

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Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common form of arrhythmia, a condition that can cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or just plain irregularly. People with this disorder don’t always feel symptoms, but it increases their risk of a stroke or heart failure.

The holy grail is to use the heart-rate sensors embedded in a consumer-facing device, like an Apple Watch, to identify those who are at risk. But it remains unclear whether the current crop of devices are accurate enough to be used for clinical purposes.

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