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Could your Apple Watch help save your life? Johnson & Johnson has teamed up with Apple to find out

Posted at 5:50 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 05:50:05-05

Apple is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to reduce the risk of strokes in senior citizens.

Researchers want to see if wearable technologies, like the Apple Watch, can alert users to health problems before a crisis occurs by studying atrial fibrillation, or AFib, an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to serious health problems.

Apple and Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that US citizens over the age of 65 (with a traditional Medicare plan) will be eligible to participate in clinical research through the Heartline Study app on iPhones.

They'll also have access to heart health features on Apple Watch models. The patients must also agree to provide access to their Medicare claims data.

As many as 6 million Americans suffer from AFib, and those who do are at a higher risk of having a stroke or cardiac event.

To participate in the research you need an iPhone 6 or higher and an apple watch.