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Fitbit launches heart study to assess if its wearable tech can detect AFib

By Cookie Monster - on 9 May 2020, 10:57am

Fitbit launches heart study to assess if its wearable tech can detect AFib

Image source: Fitbit.

Fitbit announced its first large-scale, virtual study to assess if its wearable technology can detect atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Open only to people in the U.S who are aged 22 years and older with a Fitbit device that can track heart rate, the company aims to enroll hundreds of thousands of participants for its Fitbit Heart Study.

Fitbit believes its wearable devices have the potential to accelerate AFib detection due to their 24/7 heart rate tracking and long battery life. Participants in the Fitbit Heart Study who receive notifications about irregular heart rhythms will be referred to a doctor at no cost and may receive an ECG patch by mail at no cost. 

The results from the Fitbit Heart Study will be used to support the company's regulatory submissions globally. 

Source: Fitbit