The adoption of wearables in medicine has rapidly expanded worldwide. New generations of wearables are emerging, driven by consumers’ demand to monitor their own health. With the ongoing development of new features capable of assessing real-time biometric data, the impact of wearables on cardiovascular management has become inevitable. Smartwatches, among other wearable devices, offer a user-friendly noninvasive approach to continuously monitor for health parameters. With advancements in artificial intelligence, the photoplethysmography-generated pulse waveform has the potential to accurately detect episodes of atrial fibrillation and one day could replace conventional diagnostic and long-term monitoring methods. Clinical benefits that could arise from the use of such devices include refining stroke prevention strategies, personalizing AF management, and optimizing the patient-physician relationship. Wearables are changing not only the way clinicians conduct research but also the future of cardiovascular preventive and therapeutic care. As such, wearables are here to stay.Copyright © 2020 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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