Every year, over 100,000 people suffer strokes caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). A-Fib prevents blood from properly pumping through your heart.
People with A-Fib account for one out of four strokes. They're also more likely to have dementia, kidney problems and other health conditions.
A-Fib affects 2.7 million people, and it's treatable. The problem is many people don't feel symptoms, so it often goes undiagnosed. However, there's good news. It turns out that a smartwatch and an app can potentially save your life by detecting A-Fib with nearly a 97 percent accuracy rate.
I'm talking about the Cardiogram app. It's free to use and now works with both Apple Watch and Android Wear.
The Cardiogram app monitors your health continuously by taking a heart rate measurement every five minutes. When you're working out you can turn on workout mode, which will take a measurement every second. It will then show you a graph of your heart rate in real-time.
The app helps you better understand your health, sleep, stress and fitness. Here are some of the app's features:
- Timeline tab - This shows your heart rate each day, with a detailed view for workouts that shows minutes in each heart rate zone, and a special interface to track spikes related to stress, diet or exercise.
- Metrics tab - Shows you how your resting heart rate, sleep, movement, exercise, and stand activity rings are trending over time.
- Habits tab - Lets you find a new healthy habit or activity you'll love, invite a friend to share metrics, and optimize your overall health and fitness.
- Me tab - Allows you to build a profile and share your health data with medical researchers, to contribute to studies on abnormal heart rhythms like A-Fib, heart failure and more.
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