This iPhone App Reads Your Heart !! ~ Hackinthus

Friday, November 09, 2012

This iPhone App Reads Your Heart !!

AliveCor’s iPhone cover and accompanying app promise to help you monitor your heart.

The Heart Rate Monitor combines an iPhone case and a free app that helps the users to take an ECG (electrocardiogram) using only their phone. The case, which is currently only available in the US, features two electrode strips that make contact with the user's chest to take the necessary readings. The reading is taken for around 30 seconds and then can be uploaded to AliveCor’s cloud. That information can then be read via a free mobile app, as well as be stored online for later access. 

This provides an easy medium for heart patients to regularly monitor their heart rate and also avoid the tiresome visit to the hospitals. Medical professionals can then download and analyse the results from the cloud.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the Alivecor device for official medical use on humans. However, interested parties can buy a $199 version intended for use on dogs instead. 

Well, it looks like the phrase "nowadays your life depends on your phone" proves to be all the more true with the introduction of this app.

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