GettyAt Apple Inc
.'s recent product launch, the company unveiled a number of impressive reboots to its most popular products. It was no surprise that the flagship iPhone took center stage, boasting new facial recognition and advanced artificial intelligence built into the device
as well as state-of-the-art augmented reality
. The Apple Watch Series 3 revealed a number of upgrades, the most impressive of which was its ability to untether from the iPhone and make and receive calls onlinepoker
and texts when separated from its parent device.
One of the more useful features for health-conscious users, though, is the updated heart rate monitor. The device was designed to give users greater insight into heart measurements, including
during workouts, recovery, and rest. The Watch will also notify users if there is a spike in their heart rate when not exercising, which could signal a potential
problem. Apple thinks the device could even alert users to potentially serious heart problems. At the heart of the matter
The condition of atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, causes an irregular and often chaotic and rapid heart rate. Patients with the disorder may exhibit no symptoms and might not even know they have the condition. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that between 2.7 million and 6.1 million people in the United States have AFib, which can increase their risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. The aging of the U.S. population will likely cause this number to increase.
More than 750,000 people are admitted to the hospital each year due to AFib, and as many as 130,000 die each year from the condition. That number has been on the rise for more than two decades.
If you have an Apple Watch, however, it could provide early warning.