Tens of millions of people are armed with wearable devices, and if even a small fraction of those get a ping, it could mean much more care and costs for the system.

If someone’s heart skips a beat, tech companies want to let them know about it.

Gadget firms — starting with Apple and now Fitbit, which is owned by Google — are selling wearable devices that check heartbeat rhythms and alert users when something is out of sync.

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