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SimpleScience@Heart: iPhone app may help detect irregular heart rhythm

Published: 12:45 pm CDT, November 6, 2012

An iPhone app that records electrical activity in the heart could help doctors quickly and accurately diagnose atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that increases risk of stroke.

An iPhone-based electrocardiogram (ECG) application, AliveCor, correctly diagnosed atrial fibrillation in more than 100 patients 95 percent of the time.

Seemingly healthy people with undiagnosed atrial fibrillation are at high risk for stroke. The new app may help doctors accurately screen for the condition, reduce potential complications and prevent stroke.




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  • Lorena

    Anon may be right, but I have a lot of pateints who have limnattiois in their ability to feel and would welcome such a gift.I’d suggest taking any home cuff to your provider’s office and comparing a reading from your monitor to one taken at the same time by office staff. That will help you assess accuracy. Be sure to follow instructions about resting for 5 minutes, sitting comfortably with feet on the floor, and not smoking 30 minutes before a reading.