Smart Watches Hold Promise to Detect Disease & improve Health

Smart watch with health info on person's wrist

Stephanie Griggs, PhD, assistant professor, talks the benefits of smart watch in this University Hospital's The Science of Health newsroom story.

We’ve come a long way since the pedometer. Smart watches and wearable fitness trackers today not only log steps and mileage, they also monitor sleep patterns, heart rate, calories burned and blood oxygen levels. In recent years, new models can track AFib (atrial fibrillation), an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke.

Wearable technology is advancing quickly with great promise for improving health. What does the future hold?

A 2022 study found an Apple Watch app that uses artificial intelligence may help detect left-ventricular dysfunction, a type of heart failure. Also on the horizon are smart watch features to detect blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Read the full article here.