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Your Apple Watch says you have a heart condition. Now what?

By Julie Jargon

01 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Notifications of atrial-fibrillation on your smartwatches are touted as major selling points. WSJ speaks to medical experts on the utility of this and what one must do after getting these alerts.

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Just because your smartwatch can tell you if you have an irregular heart rhythm, does that mean the information will do you any good?

Many new smartwatches, including those from Apple, have sensors that can pick up on an irregular pulse and notify wearers that they may be in atrial fibrillation, or AFib. The devices are hitting the market at a time when consumers are gaining interest in tracking aspects of their health beyond fitness.

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