New Heart Rate App Can Detect (And Prevent?) Heart Attacks
When you've just had a heart attack, an ECG is used to diagnose it, but what about before or during a heart attack? That's where ECG mobile monitors come in. Continuous ECG monitoring from the comfort of your home allows doctors can see patterns that may predict illness, and these monitors can even alert you to the onset of a heart attack.
Typically these devices look like the one in the photo, above, and you wouldn't feel comfortable bringing it into work with you. Now you don't have to. eMotion ECG Mobile, pictured below, has just received FDA approval so you can ditch your ugly mobile monitor and just use your Android smartphone (no iPhone just yet). All you need to do is wear the 3-lead wireless ECG under your clothes at all times, and the data is transmitted via bluetooth to your smartphone. No one will ever know.
The story doesn't end at your smartphone. From there it is sent to a server that stores the data, so it can be analyzed via a web browser by a specialist, or sent to you, the patient, by email. Data from additional Bluetooth devices like weight scales, or blood pressure monitors can also be displayed so you can get a more holistic view of what's happening in your body.
It gets better. On the detection of irregular heart rate readings, alerts will be sent to your clinician, and in the case of an emergency, fancy GPS functionality will lead first responders right to you.
The fancy ECG monitor in your doctors office is also under attack by mobile medical apps. Just recently a wave of smartphone apps like AliveCor and Cardiac Design's ECG Check have been released for iPhone, that can take 30 minute ECG readings, but eMotion is the first smartphone app that you can actually use continuously, from your work or home.
This new trend of mobile medical apps for diagnosis is fascinating, but I'm not happy that eMotion ECG Mobile needs to be prescribed by a doctor. I know it's not recommended for use in quantified health but wouldn't you like to just monitor your heart rate for a while and see what it's up to? I know I would.
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