Location: United States
The Kardia device is a small, personal ECG device that provides results through a connected smartphone app. Readings can detect abnormalities, and are compiled into a report to track heart health over time.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart to detect irregular heartbeats and other abnormalities, such as a fast heart rate. ECGs are important for monitoring heart health, but traditionally require being hooked up to a machine in a clinic.
AliveCor has developed a small, portable medical‑grade device for personal, at-home use. Users place their index and middle fingers on the electrodes and rest them gently in place for 30 seconds. The Kardia device transmits the readings to the mobile app, which displays beats per minute and the electrical heart trace.
Having easy access to heart monitoring means the user knows right away if they need to seek medical help before a potential issue progresses. The device also has potential applications in research, after surgery or new medications, or regular monitoring.
The single-lead trace can be automatically shared with caregivers if needed. The app records each daily reading and provides a monthly report that can be shared with the user’s doctor. After purchasing the device, a monthly subscription is required in order to access all the monitoring and recording features.