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Wearables are a growing part of doctor-patient talks for cardiac patients: study

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The proportion of primary care patients with cardiovascular diseases who discussed wearables with their physicians increased from 2005 to 2019, according to an analysis of provider notes.

Writing in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers described an analysis of the provider notes for 520,000 longitudinal primary care patients. References to wearables increased from 0.0006% of patients in 2005 to 0.89% of patients in 2019.

Fitbit was the most commonly referenced wearable brand, accounting for 74.1% of patients with devices. Yet, references to Fitbit fell from 2017 to 2019, with Apple Watch driving the growth seen over those years.


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