Can a wearable app provide valuable insights into an individual’s heart health risks? An exciting partnership between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the American Heart Association, and Apple is aimed at finding out.

The partnership, the Apple Heart and Movement Study, will gather user data via the new Apple Research app available on the Apple Watch. Led by Calum MacRae, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Scientific Innovation at the Brigham, the research will explore how mobility and heart rhythm could be harbingers of heart rhythm issues such as atrial fibrillation or heart disease. Prior research has shown that the Apple Watch is capable of identifying important heart rhythm changes, which can increase the risk of stroke.

Users can participate by recording workouts and daily movement. The investigation, one of three observational studies launched by Apple in partnership with leading medical institutions, is targeting 500,000 enrolled participants over the next five years.

Read more in Scientific American and WCVB.

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