App to detect stroke

Atrial fibrillation — a common type of abnormal heart rhythm which leads to a stroke — can now be easily detected with your smartphone using a low-cost application. According to the study, published in a journal, a team of researchers from University of Turku, Finland, has developed a low-cost app that uses the smartphone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to detect atrial fibrillation with existing hardware. “Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous medical condition present in two per cent of the global population and accounting for up to seven million strokes per year,” said a lead author.

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