The app that monitors for irregular heart beats

Early wearable devices were capable of detecting whether the wearer was experiencing a cardiac arrest, but more recent iterations have attempted to go one step further and predict when attacks may occur, with some even claiming to do so one month in advance.

The latest innovation in this space comes via a collaboration between the UK and US-based Arrhythmia Alliance, Happitech in the Netherlands, and Bug Labs in the US.  They’ve launched a new app, called Heart for Heart, that aims to monitor the health of our heart.  Users place their fingers on the camera lens of their smartphone, and hold it there for 90 seconds to allow the app to take a pulse reading.

This data will be used by researchers to try and find a cure for Atrial Fibrillation, also known as AFib, the most common heart rhythm disorder.

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