In November 2017, Apple launched a Heart Study using the Apple Watchâ€™s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation
â€œEvery week we receive incredible customer letters about how Apple Watch has affected their lives, including learning that they have AFib. These stories inspire us and we’re determined to do more to help people understand their health,â€ said Jeff Williams, Appleâ€™s COO. â€œWorking alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science.â€
Apple is partnering with Stanford Medicine to perform the research. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is identified, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. The Apple Heart Study app is available in the US App Store to customers who are 22 years or older and have an Apple Watch Series 1 or later.