Apple, Stanford testing if Apple Watch can detect heart problems

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CNBC's Christina Farr reported that Apple is working with partners to test whether its smartwatch can be used to detect common heart conditions.

Apple is reportedly collaborating with American Well and Stanford to test the heart rate sensors on the new Apple Watch to detect cardiac abnormalities, according to CNBC.

Apple's new Watch will now notify you if you have an unusually high heart rate while you don't appear to be active. The worrying thing is, sometimes atrial fibrillation has no symptoms, so sufferers could be unaware. Although, during the Apple event, Williams mentioned working with Stanford, but he did not name American Well as a partner in the study. But the company's CEO Roy Schoenberg did say that telemedicine companies are working closely with wearable makers.

Heart rhythm is also another metric the Apple Watch will monitor, especially around atrial fibrillation. A start-up called Cardiogram released the results of its research in May, in partnership with clinicians at UCSF.

During an Apple event in Cupertino, California today, Apple introduced its new Apple Watch Series 3 with enhanced health and fitness enhancements.

In an interview with Fortune, Cook claimed that Apple Watch has saved "a not insignificant number" of lives after users brought their heart rate data to their doctor before it was too late.

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The clinical study is slated to kick off later this year, one of the people said.

As such, all of this information is all part of the Apple Heart Study.

The watches are priced from US$329 in the US. Like your heart. Very few people wore heart monitors.

Cook also confirmed that Apple is "extremely interested" in healthcare, which he sees as a "business opportunity" for the company.

CNBC first reported this development in a story posted online yesterday.

Apple declined to comment. Apple also declined CNBC's request for comment and Stanford did not return CNBC's request for comment.

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