With the AliveCor Heart Monitor.
The other day we were talking with a customer who has a diagnosed heart condition, atrial fibrillation, or AFib. They were sharing with us how terrifying it was when their heart would beat so fast it felt like they had just completed a marathon, while resting on the couch. Which led to the topic of inconvenient doctor visits (as this customer is a world-traveller), but now due to the AliveCor Heart Monitor, their AFib has been much more manageable.
AFib occurs when the heart’s electrical signals don’t travel through the heart in a normal way. Disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers (called the atria) to fibrillate, or contract quickly and irregularly. Blood will then pool in the atria as it doesn’t get completely pumped into the heart’s two lower chambers (called the ventricles). As a result the chambers don’t work together as they should. Some people with AFib may not feel symptoms, but it can be detected through an electrocardiogram (ECG) or also known as an EKG.
Up until recently, those with AFib were required to meet with a physician to get an ECG reading, but today, they can do this anywhere at anytime right from their Apple iOS or Android OS device. Our customer was ecstatic that they could attach the AliveCor Heart Monitor to their phone (taking the place of a normal case), download the free AliveECG app from the Apple Store, and immediately begin recording their ECGs by holding it, automatically sharing results with their physician. The Android app can be downloaded at Google Play.
In addition to tracking and saving ECGs, the app then allows you to save medications, track symptoms like palpitations/shortness of breath and habits like caffeine/alcohol consumption, as well as activities like exercise/sleep.
Clinical studies have shown that the accuracy of AliveCor is comparable to readings from Lead 1 of standard ECG machines, but at a fraction of the cost. Studies also show the monitor is highly accurate, enabling easy and effective detection of irregular heart rhythms by your physician.
In fact, AliveCor just came out with a brand new 3rd generation heart monitor yesterday in addition to the case for the iPhone 5/5s and one for veterinary use.
Take charge of your heart! Our customer did and couldn’t be happier.