Sensitivity and specificity of wearables for atrial fibrillation in elderly populations: A systematic review

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Paediatrics and Child Health


Purpose of review: This study aims to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of wearable devices for AF detection in older adults, as well as examine the incidence of AF across various studies, contextual factors impacting AF detection, and safety and adverse events associated with wearable use.
Recent findings: A systematic search of three databases identified 30 studies on wearables for AF detection in older adults, encompassing 111,798 participants. Both PPG-based and single-lead electrocardiography-based wearables show scalable potential for screening and managing AF. The results of this systematic review demonstrate that wearable devices, such as smartwatches, can effectively identify arrhythmias like AF in older adults, with scalable potential in PPG-based and single-lead electrocardiography-based wearables. As wearable technologies continue to gain prominence in healthcare, it is crucial to understand their challenges and incorporate them as preventative and monitoring tools for AF detection in elderly populations to improve patient care and prevention techniques


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Current Cardiology Reports