In a fast-paced world where stress is rampant, a healthy, working heart could go a long way in helping people keep up with the hustle and bustle of life. Technology has become normal-place in the healthcare environment, and the Apple Watch has been doing great at keeping people up-to-date on heart matters. The New Apple Watch Series 3, however, promises even more. While the current version of the Apple watch tracks heart rates, the new watch aims at alerting its users to concerning heartbeat patterns.
It comes with a cellular built in which will enable users to continuously record their heartbeats from wherever they may be, as long as they have service. This means that the watch will be able to provide valuable, real-time data concerning heartbeat patterns, for instance, when the heart is beating too fast during rest or when the heart rate goes too high during physical exercise. The watch will also be able to track the recovery of the heart during the cool-down period, a period which most experts recommend as the best measure of how healthy the heart is.
Doctor Eric Topol, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, notes the importance of recovery as a metric. A heart that recovers slowly, according to his report, is not in its ideal state and needs better conditioning. This information offers validation for the new product as it will pay close attention to such parameters. Apple continues to work with professionals from Stanford University, as they continue to develop algorithms that will be useful in the interpretation of heart rate patterns generated by the Series 3 watches. This will be a step forward in their bid to be able to distinguish between the worrisome and not-so-worrying heart patterns.
This advancement may be useful for users of the watch because, according to Doctor Topol, approximately 1-2% of the American adult population suffers from abnormal beating of the heart (atrial fibrillation) without their knowledge. Well known as a precursor of stroke and related heart issues, this feature will be important in detecting consistent blips in heart rates thus helping the users at risk of heart conditions to know when they need to go for a check-up.
This watch will also be useful for users with other conditions such as sleep apnea. The watch continues to monitor heart rates, even when the wearer is asleep. This means that on waking, they can peruse through the collected data and see if there are peaks in heart rates during rest. High heart rates may signal sleep apnea and the data on heart rates could be helpful to doctors during diagnosis.
While companies that provide heart rates monitoring devices such as FitBit and Apple Watch continue to make strides in this sector, they still have to make significant strides so that they can be able to diagnose heart conditions. Experts such as Topol, however, anticipate a time where doctors can learn from device data, and people can understand it better and therefore, know when their heartbeats are worrying. With time, the devices will be accurate because currently, more sophisticated trackers are being developed.