New Cell Phone App for Palpitations

Some of us have heart palpitations, or skipped beats, throughout our lives. Others, have them begin with advancing age or menopause. Recording them over a 24 hour, or longer, period so your cardiologist can determine if they are serious enough for medication or treatment has always been done with a wearable device. Usually called a Holter Monitor, it’s like wearing a cell phone with wires attached to electrodes adhered to your chest for 24 hours. No showering during the recording, and you need to record your activities throughout the day, especially when you feel your heart doing odd things in your chest. You will need to take it back to your doctors office when you’re done, as someone else is waiting to wear it (and not shower for a day), right after you.


Now arrhythmia monitoring just got a whole lot easier! When I went for a routine checkup to my cardiologist, he told me to get an app that would record whenever I have an event of palpitations. An app???? Wait! What?

The app is developed by AliveCor, Inc. called Kardia.

“A smartphone app that tracks palpitations in heart patients provides comparable performance to the 14-day event monitors that are the current standard of care, according to a University at Buffalo study presented May 4th at the annual Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) meeting in San Francisco.”

Wow! It’s on your phone! Now you have another reason to be looking at your phone and not talk to anyone, right? Haha! It’s with you all the time, and so easy to use.

“With the smartphone app, the patient experiencing palpitations puts a finger from each hand onto the surface of an electrode attached to a smartphone case. The data can then be uploaded to the AliveCor server through a secure, HIPAA-compliant transmission.”
 Cool! I’ve downloaded the app, but need to purchase the smartphone case electrode attachment before I can start recording.  (Cases with the thumb pads for recording are available through the AliveCor website, starting around $99.)
How great is this? This would be one legitimate reason to use your cell phone in public to be sure. What do you think is next – maybe a cell phone defibrillator? Cell phone EPI pens?
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Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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