AliveCor Uses Your Smartphone To Detect A Serious Heart Condition

Your smartphone can do a lot. It can track your fitness, sleeping habits, your smart home and so much more. Now you can add save your life to that list thanks to AliveCor, a heart monitor that attaches to your phone to detect if you have a serious heart condition and will sell for $199. There are some heart conditions that don’t have any physical symptoms, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib) that’s a type of abnormal cardiac rhythm, which can affect 1 in 4 people. The only way to know if you have it is a visit to your doctor.

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But now with the AliveCor, you can detect it with your phone. The device works by resting on your fingers or chest to record your electrocardiogram (ECG) and then sends back info to your smartphone via an ultrasonic signal that’s then picked up by your smartphone’s microphone. The AliveECG app will upload the info to AliveCor’s servers to provide you with a highly accurate reading for free. The info can then be cent to a doctor so that they can perform more tests to confirm an diagnosis.

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Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.

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