Kardia Mobile Review (My Case Study + Videos) (Updated)

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Checking out the Kardia Mobile device and wondering if this is worth exploring further?

My review shows you how this works plus my personal experience plus pros & cons.

In this my Kardia Mobile Review (My Case Study + Videos) (Updated), this is an in-depth review as there is a lot of ground to cover. I start of with my quick ratings followed by my quick pros and cons followed by quite an in-depth review. I include my experiences of using this over some time and hope that this review is educational and useful for you.

My Quick Ratings of the Kardia Mobile device

These are my quick ratings based on using Kardia Mobile myself since October 2016. These ratings are based on my own personal experience of using this device myself to help manage my heart condition in conjunction with my cardiologist when necessary.

EKG on the move: 9.2/10.0 – I have taken EKGs using this away from my home and in my home.

Trusted by doctors: 9.3/10.0 – My cardiologist recommended this to me.

Easy to use: 8.0/10.0 – I would rate this higher now however I did have some challenges initially using it that is reflected in the 8.0 rating.

Works with compatible smartphones: 9.0/10.0 – I obtained a compatible Android based smartphone and it works perfectly with it.

Know if atrial fibrillation (afib or af) or bradycardia or tachycardia or normal instantly: 9.5/10.0 – I like getting the normal results instantly – Gives me peace of mind.

My Overall Quick Rating: 9.0/10.0


My Quick Pros And Cons of Kardia Mobile

MY QUICK PROS

– FDA cleared.

– Get an EKG in 30 seconds anywhere anytime.

– Know instantly if your heart rhythm is normal.

– Know instantly if atrial fibrillation (afib or af) or if bradycardia or if tachycardia is detected.

– Email EKG recordings to your doctor.

MY QUICK CONS

– Took a while to get used to using it.

– Remember to bring when I leave home.


My Cardiologist Recommended it to me

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I have been using this since my cardiologist recommended it to me in October 2016. It is now 2019 and I still find the Kardia Mobile device useful along with the Kardia Mobile App.

Here you will learn about my own personal case study of why this was recommended to me by my cardiologist as well as how I use this in different situations.

I also include an video of how to use this, as well as another video explaining how this provides stress relief and peace of mind. Each of these two videos is less than one minute in length and packed with useful information.

Kardia Mobile and FDA Clearance

Kardia Mobile is FDA-cleared to detect the 3 most common heart arrhythmias. These are atrial fibrillation (afib or af), bradycardia & tachycardia). It is also FDA-cleared to detect a normal heart rhythm. It is FDA-cleared to detect these since April 23, 2019.

Kardia Mobile was FDA-cleared to detect atrial fibrillation (afib or af), a very common heart arrhythmia as well as normal heart rhythm since August 21, 2014.

I also talk about capturing EKGs anytime and anywhere, and getting instant results.

I also reveal if Kardia Mobile is any good by revealing my take on Kardia Mobile along with the pros and cons I have noticed. I include what I like as well as what I do not like.

It is overall a great product for me in the way that I use it. I explain how I use it below and hope that you find this useful.

For how I use it I consider it a very good solution although I wish that I did not get so many Unclassified instant results. When the instant result is Normal that is great because then I can simply move on with the rest of my day.

I do have a heart condition and also experience stress/anxiety just to make life that bit more interesting. My cardiologist recommended the Kardia Mobile device.

The Kardia Mobile device is used in conjunction with the Kardia App, its partner smartphone or tablet App to capture EKGs anywhere and at anytime. It is capable of detecting the three most common heart arrhythmias – atrial fibrillation (afib or af), bradycardia and tachycardia – as well as a normal rhythm.

Any other result is Unclassified and requires a trained health professional to read it for you. I also explain a cost effective and time effective process you can follow if you also get these type of results.

A good thing here is that you can grab the captured EKG for yourself using the Kardia Mobile device with its partner Kardia App. Using the Kardia App, the captured EKG is stored in a standard PDF file and you can simply email this to yourself or your doctor or your cardiologist or anyone you like.

If that person is a trained heart professional, they should be able to read it for you. Remember that trained heart professionals may not share the results with you for a particular EKG even if you ask them nicely.

However in some countries of the world, they are obligated to include any of these captured EKGs results in their determination of your medical diagnosis.

You are not tied in to AliveCor (the people behind the Kardia Mobile device) to get them to do this for you and that is good. Any person who knows how to read an EKG should be able to read an EKG produced using Kardia Mobile. That could be your professional heart medical team.

I also include a 50 second video that shows how to use Kardia Mobile. In that video you see how easy it is to actually use and to get an instant result. There is a saying about a “picture being worth a thousand words” however this 50 second video is easily worth that and a lot more. 🙂

I do think that it is a handy practical way to capture EKGs, that it is good and it does actually help you to capture EKGs anywhere and at anytime (within reason) and that the instant results are good.

An Kardia ECG is an EKG captured using using Kardia technology. For example an EKG captured using KardiaMobile (Kardia Mobile) in conjunction with the Kardia App running on a compatible device.

Kardia Mobile is now able to detect the three most common heart arrhythmias

In April 2019, AliveCor announced that this device is now able to detect the following:-

1. Atrial Fibrillation (afib or af): An irregular, often rapid heartbeat.

2. Bradycardia: A slower-than-normal heart rate, with no atrial fibrillation (afib or af) detected.

3. Tachycardia: A faster-than-normal heart rate, with no atrial fibrillation (afib or af) detected.

4. Normal Rhythm: A normal rhythm.

AliveCor in April 2019 indicated that it is the only personal EKG device on the planet that is actually FDA cleared to detect the three most common arrhythmias as mentioned above.

 

Why Was I Advised To Use Kardia Mobile In The First Place

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I have a heart condition and also experience stress and anxiety. I also experience panic attacks and migraine headaches. Sometimes I will have a medical event. It is hard to determine if these are more related to my heart or the other reasons.

I was advised by my cardiologist to get Kardia Mobile to help gather hard evidence that will help in this determination a few weeks after experiencing one of those medical events.

My doctor who I saw shortly after that event advised me that I had a panic attack and that it had nothing whatsoever to do with my heart. My cardiologist was not so sure.

I have found Kardia Mobile to be great. The people behind this, AliveCor also offer additional services and supports which I will also discuss in this review. This makes their complete offering very useful, very practical, very cost effective and very time effective for me which empowers me to get on with the rest of my life, rather than waiting around doctors, hospitals and the like.

An EKG and an ECG and an Electrocardiogram are all the same thing, it is just that different people use different terms to mean the same thing. A heart condition called atrial fibrillation is also known as afib and as af depending on context.

My Success Story Using Kardia Mobile

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My cardiologist recommended that I use Kardia Mobile in October 2016. I used Kardia Mobile to capture my first EKG for the first time on October 30, 2016. I have been using Kardia Mobile as required since then. It is now 2019 and I still find Kardia Mobile useful. If I did not, you wouldn’t be reading about it here. 🙂

I use Kardia Mobile to capture EKGs when I have an interesting event and use the results that its partner Kardia Mobile App generates to help me determine my next move. If the Kardia App determines that the result is Normal, my next move is to forget about it and move on with my life.

For the Non normal results, I usually order an Analysis Report via the Kardia App where a cardiac physiologist looks at the EKG and makes recommendations. They usually come back to me via the Kardia App within one business day with this information. There is of course, a charge for this service.

Then depending on the results of that Analysis Report, I email the associated EKG to my cardiologist for her recommendation. Lucky for me so far, this is a rare event for me and so far for me, she comes back with a “nothing to worry about”. Long may that be the case.

My cardiologist and I agreed this process a while back. We review and agree this process regularly to ensure that it still makes sense. In my opinion, you should agree a process with your professional heart team and review that process on a regular basis to ensure that it still makes sense.

So far I obtained a number of EKGs using Kardia Mobile and luckily for me, I only had to get my cardiologist to review a very small number of them. These were all right however I still need to send her any interesting EKG in case further actions are required.

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Some advantages of Kardia Mobile:

EKG on the move: Take unlimited medical-grade EKGs anytime, anywhere. Email unlimited EKGs to yourself or your doctor (Dr) or your physician or your general practitioner (GP). Make sure that you agree an approach before hand with that person.

Trusted by Doctors: FDA-Cleared to detect Atrial Fibrillation (afib or af) or Bradycardia if AF not detected or Tachycardia if AF not detected or Normal Heart Rhythm in 30 seconds.

Easy to use: Simply place your fingers on the sensors — no wires, patches or gels required.

Kardia works with most smartphones & tablets on Android & iOS: Kardia also works with most modern iPhones.

OPTIONALLY: Go premium: Enjoy unlimited cloud storage of all your EKG recordings, plus monthly reports and much more. No commitment required.

Please Note that Kardia Mobile is not recommended for use with pacemakers or ICDs. As a lay person myself I do not know the reasons why. As I do not have a pacemaker or ICD myself this does not affect me however it may affect you.

My Review Of Kardia Mobile

I have been using Kardia Mobile for a few years now and this is my take on this.

I find it a great tool to have to help me manage my heart health.

One of the biggest benefits for me is letting me know that the health events I have are more related to my anxiety/stress rather than my heart.

And that I have hard evidence to back up that observation.

This is a huge weight off my shoulders.

What Is Kardia Mobile?

Kardia Mobile is a great handy practical personal way for capturing EKGs anytime anywhere.

It is about the length of a credit card and just under two thirds of the width of a credit card.

This works in conjunction with compatible smartphones and tablets on Android and on iOS. Using Kardia App, its associated App, this captures heart rate, rhythm and symptoms for early detection of Atrial Fibrillation (afib or af).

Rather than going to a hospital and capturing your EKG that way, Kardia Mobile allows you to take your EKG yourself now during an interesting event, get an Instant Result and then based on the Instant Result, you can determine your next action step in an objective way. If the Instant Result is Normal that may suggest that something else is the cause.

If you have an interesting event, then it is going to be some time by the time you get to an medical facility for them to take your EKG. By then, your EKG may show nothing of interest because the interesting event is over. This is where Kardia Mobile really steps into its own.

This is a very mobile and very portable way to allow you to get an EKG and an Instant Result which allows you to determine your next action step if there is one in an objective manner.

You also have hard evidence as you can show medical professionals the EKG or EKGs you captured which may help them to treat you in a more appropriate and more focussed manner.

Who Is Kardia Mobile For?

This is for anyone interested in their heart health, basically almost everyone.

I am not sure about children or the elderly or people requiring care from other people.

For most people I think that it would be a useful tool. Remember that it is a tool and that any applicable results do need to be shared with your professional heart team so that any applicable corrective actions are taken.

If you experience stress/anxiety and have a heart condition, and the tool reports a lot of “unclassified” results or other results that concern you, I would advise that you discuss these with your professional medical team to discuss you using this tool or not.

This is for anyone interested in capturing EKGs when necessary.

Some of the physical symptoms of stress or anxiety are similar to heart related physical symptoms, and it can be difficult to pin these down, especially if you have a heart condition and also experience stress or anxiety.

Kardia Mobile may help you in this determination. Or at least, that is what it is doing for me very well, it appears that some of my physical symptoms are more related to my stress/anxiety rather than my heart, which is good news for me.

I also have an underlying heart condition that is being managed by my heart health team.

In my case, there is a heart condition as well as the stress/anxiety.

How Is Kardia Mobile Helping Me?

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A few years ago, I was under a lot of stress and anxiety, and had a panic attack. I immediately went to see my doctor and saw him shorty after that event.

He was very sure that the event was a panic attack. The doctor even said during that discussion that if he thought it was heart related in any shape or form rather than panic attack related that I would be in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

According to my cardiologist who I saw a few weeks later, it may have been a heart related incident.

My cardiologist suggested that I get Kardia Mobile as this could help in providing hard evidence.

She explained that she thought that maybe a heart related incident ‘kicked off’ the panic attack in the first place, rather than stress/anxiety. I prefer my doctor’s explanation that it was stress/anxiety.

Another medical professional said way later that my cardiologist had no option but to indicate to me that the event may have been heart related otherwise she would not have been doing her job. She did not know my doctor and so she was erring on the side of caution.

Kardia Mobile can be used anywhere at anytime in conjunction with a compatible smartphone, including at home. This captures a successful EKG recording and provides an instant result.

The instant result can be Normal or Possible Atrial Fibrillation (afib or AF) or Bradycardia without afib being detected or Tachycardia without afib being detected or Unclassified.

This is very useful because then you have hard evidence to discuss with your doctor if necessary.

Unclassified here means “Kardia unclassified” or “AliveCor unclassified”. The Kardia Mobile App in conjunction with the Kardia Mobile Device by AliveCor may return an unclassified result on occasion and this is explained more below.

Unclassified means that Kardia App is not able to determine if the EKG is normal or not. In this case, it also did not detect an Atrial Fibrillation or Bradycardia without AF being detected or Tachycardia without AF being detected.

In this case, someone who knows how to read and interpret an EKG would need to look at it. This could be your doctor or your cardiologist.

For me, seeing my doctor, unless if it an emergency means that I would have to book an appointment to see him. It would be rare that I would be able to see him within a week, because his schedule is so full. I am also not sure if he would provide an interpretation of the EKG and he would most likely refer me to my cardiologist.

For me, I can email the EKG to my cardiologist and she will come back within 2 – 3 business days, assuming that she is around. I do not want to “cry wolf” and add unnecessary to her workload, unless I have a really good reason.

So getting a doctor or cardiologist to look at Unclassified EKGs may be something that is not easy to do in the real world.

Luckily for me and maybe you too, AliveCor have an option to get “unclassified” EKG readings reviewed by a cardiac physiologist. That option works well for me.

If it is unclassified, they have an option to get that reviewed by a cardiac physiologist. The level of detail that is provided is an interpretation of the EKG and a doctor recommendation.

They expect to get back to you with 24 hours. They naturally have a small charge for this service. Once you order this EKG review via the App, they report back to you via the App and those results are kept in your History. This is the case if you are using the Premium option which I am using because that works for me.

That unclassified EKG review comes back as an Analysis Report inside of the App:

1: Explains the level of severity using traffic light colors to help you determine your next action step:

a: Green for “Stable”
b: Orange for “Needs Review”
c: Red for “Serious”

2: There would be some brief technical information regarding the EKG, for example rate and rhythm. This information is enclosed in a box with a green or orange or red background that indicates how severe it is using the traffic light colors mentioned above. This is followed with the recommendation.

When using this option, they also send you an email when you order this Analysis Report for the unclassified reading and another email when the Analysis Report is available. This can then be reviewed securely online or in the App itself.

In the App itself, for that EKG recording, there is an option to view that Analysis Report. Note that this is only the case if the EKG recording was “Unclassified” and you ordered the Analysis Report for that EKG. I do not know if there is an option to order these Analysis Reports if you are not on premium.

When I have ordered these Analysis Reports, they have always come back within 24 hours, even over a bank holiday weekend. I find that this approach works well for me.

To obtain an EKG reading in a hospital or doctor when there is an applicable medical event is next to impossible, the applicable medical event for me lasts less than 20 minutes and I clearly can not get to a hospital or doctor when it is happening, and by the time I get there, even in the best case, the event is long over so capturing the EKG then would be nearly pointless. Beside which, the hospital or doctor is going to charge me way more to even talk to me at that stage. 🙂 🙂

Getting hard evidence of some heart rhythm conditions can be challenging because they do not necessary last for a long time so by the time you get to a medical facility, that event may be over. With Kardia Mobile, you might be lucky enough to capture it and then share that result with your professional heart team so that the correct actions are taken. This hopefully has the result of you staying alive for longer because you are getting the correct treatment for your heart.

How To Use Kardia Mobile (Video)

Here’s a brilliant short video outlining how to use Kardia Mobile to capture EKGs anywhere anytime:

 
Once you look at the above video you see how to use Kardia Mobile to capture EKGs anywhere anytime. It is actually quite easy to use.

Since the video was developed, Kardia Mobile can now detect two additional heart arrhythmias – bradycardia and tachycardia:

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Kardia Mobile Providing Stress Relief and Peace of Mind (Video)

Here’s another brilliant short video showing how Kardia Mobile provides stress relief and peace of mind.

 

I really liked the comment where the person gets an EKG reading in 30 seconds which he compares against going to the doctor and back which he reckons he can do in 3 hours. He compares 30 seconds against a 3 hour trip to the doctor and back.

In my world if I want to see my doctor, I have to book an appointment. I be lucky if I see him within a week. And if it was really urgent I should be on the way to hospital rather than being at the doctor.

What I Like About Kardia Mobile

These are things that I like about Kardia Mobile:

Captures EKGs anytime anywhere: This allows me to obtain an EKG reading and Instant Result at anytime anywhere. I just need to have Kardia Mobile and my smartphone with me. No waiting around in medical facilities and no need to book medical appointments.

If it detects that the EKG reading is Normal, it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG. In my experience in a hospital setting, when they perform a EKG on me, they never tell me if it is good or otherwise. They keep me guessing. It may very well be the same with you.

If it detects any possible atrial fibrillation (afib or AF), it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG.

If it detects any bradycardia with no afib detected, it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG.

If it detects any tachycardia with no afib detected, it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG.

If it does not detect a Normal reading or an afib reading or bradycardia with no afib detected or tachycardia with no afib detected, the result is unclassified and it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG.

Easy to use now. In the beginning, I found it difficult not really sure why. It may have been because I was stressed/anxious or it may be that the App itself has been updated to make it more likely that capturing EKGs is easier. Or more likely a combination of those two reasons. Or some completely unknown reason.

For me, about 1/3 of the EKGs, the App reports as Normal within a few seconds of capturing it. That is great. Knowing that quickly that there is nothing to be concerned about is great. Of course, your results may be completely different.

For me for the other EKGs, I usually place an order with AliveCor for them to review that, along with their explanation/recommendation. For me so far, for about half of these, they come back with a “Green” traffic light.

For about the other half, they come back with an “Orange” traffic light and an explanation with a recommendation. For me, there are currently three “Orange” traffic light medical results:

1: One of those medical results is “Normal for me, however Abnormal for the general population”. My cardiologist informed me that I can safety ignore these.

2: The second medical result is one where I email the applicable EKG graph and Analysis Report to her for her to review. The one so far was benign however further ones may not be. It depends on number and speed of this particular result whether it is ok or not.

3: Same as number 2 however a different medical result which was okay for me but needed to run it by the cardiologist to be sure. This is one of those ones where there are extra beats. This can be due to stress or drinking coffee or being on an over the top medicine for the common cold. It was okay for me on the occasion where it was reported to me.

For me, so far, AliveCor have usually come back within 24 business hours which allows me to continue on with my life.


What I Do Not Like About Kardia Mobile

These are things that I do not like about Kardia Mobile:

I had to get a smartphone in order to use Kardia Mobile so cons about that are listed against Kardia Mobile in my case. If you already have a compatible smartphone this would not be the case for you.

At the time I opted for a new cheap Android smartphone which works very well for me. I did not want to fork out for an iPhone at the time because they are very expensive compared to cheap Android smartphones.

Remember I had no experience with Kardia Mobile prior to getting my brand new cheap Android and my brand new Kardia Mobile Device when I was purchasing my Kardia Mobile Device. One or both of those devices could have ended up gathering dust due to not being used. This didn’t happen however it could have.

1. I found it hard to use in the beginning: When using the device in the beginning, I found it difficult to capture EKGs not really sure why. It may have been because I was stressed/anxious or it may be that the App itself has been updated to make it more likely that capturing EKGs is easier. Or more likely a combination of those two reasons. Or some other completely different reason.

2. I had to purchase a smartphone: Prior to purchasing the smartphone and the device, AliveCor were not able to confirm for me that that smartphone was compatible with their device.

AliveCor also have a solution which works with a compatible Apple watch. This is called Kardia Band or Kardiaband. It is also FDA approved. You also need a compatible device (smartphone or tablet) as well as an active Kardia Premium subscription.

I am using that smartphone as a “hand-held computer”. I am not using it as a mobile phone because I can not carry it in my pocket like my old current trusty mobile phone.

I am listing that I had to purchase a smartphone as a con as I use an old fashioned cell phone to make phone calls. I still do. The cell phone fits neatly into my pocket when on the move. The smartphone is bigger and can not fit into my pocket.

3. I have to remember to bring the smartphone with me when I leave the house in case there is an applicable medical event.

Why I Recommend Kardia Mobile?

For me and my experience so far with this, I find that this is a brilliant tool and has great timely services behind the scenes built into their overall offerings which I also find great.

So far, the hard evidence that I captured with it for me, is indicating that my events are more related to my stress/anxiety health rather than my heart health, which is useful to know and allows me to focus in on that observation.

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As I said earlier, I have been using Kardia Mobile for some years now and this is my story of using it so far.

Remember also I was recommended to Kardia Mobile by my cardiologist who recommended that it would be a useful tool for me to use. I have a heart related issue and also experience stress/anxiety, and it can be difficult to pin down the reason for an individual medical event.

In my case, it looks like the individual medical events are more related Fto my stress/anxiety, rather than my heart, which is really good to know.

That is my case, your case may of course be completely different.

I explained how I use Kardia Mobile. I would imagine that other people may also use Kardia Mobile in a similar way and in other ways too.

I would recommend that when you purchase Kardia Mobile that you work closely with your doctor and your cardiologist with any of the applicable results that it generates for you.

It is important in my opinion that your medical team approve of you using Kardia Mobile especially if you have any health concerns so that you are working in conjunction with them.

I understand that many people record an EKG reading every day using Kardia Mobile as part of their overall health/fitness regime. This is an interesting way to use Kardia Mobile using it as a monitor. These people expect that their results will be normal and if the result is not normal, they have something solid to discuss with their professional medical team. This I understand is a popular way of using Kardia Mobile.

That way wouldn’t work for me because most of these readings may be “unclassified” and I would need to purchase reports and be worrying unnecessary and putting additional stress/anxiety on my heart. Not a good idea.

Of course, I have shown Kardia Mobile in action to another doctor that I saw and she was impressed with it too. Her comment was along the line of “sometimes patients show them things that they are not aware off”.


How Kardia Mobile Scores

For me, it is a practical way to capture EKGs. I like the Instant Results. Any of the EKGs that I generated with Kardia Mobile that I shared with my cardiologist, my cardiologist agreed with their results. I love it when the Instant Result is Normal because then I have peace of mind and can move on with the rest of my life.

If the Instant Result is unclassified, there is a short reasonable delay in getting a Kardia Mobile cardiac physiologist to do an Analysis Report. I explained this process in more detail elsewhere in this review. I find that the Instant Results along with any applicable Analysis Reports are good and practical. They are presented in such a way that I know if there is a need for me to contact my cardiologist or not.

Any Questions?

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Now I want to turn it over to you:

How are you doing to use Kardia Mobile yourself?

Don’t you think that this technology is amazing that people have the ability to help manage their heart in this manner? I always recommend using Kardia Mobile in conjunction with your professional heart team and sharing applicable results with them to help manage your heart health.

Are you going to get one to help you to manage your heart health?

Or maybe you have some questions that you want answered?

Simply ask! If you need a hand with anything that I have discussed here, please leave a comment below.


Where To Shop For Kardia Mobile?

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56 thoughts on “Kardia Mobile Review (My Case Study + Videos) (Updated)”

  1. This sounds like it would be a wonderful device for someone with a heart problem or like you mentioned, trying to determine if they do or if it’s just stress. It’s great that you can get a reading so fast and that it works with your phone. Technology is amazing!

    • Hi Heidi,

      It is a wonderful device. I really like the idea that the manufacturers/developers of the device encourage people who use this device to work in partnership with their own doctor and their own cardiologist to help manage any associated health related things. It is important for people’s own well being that they do this, especially if it reveals any interesting EKGs so that the appropriate follow-up steps are done.

      Peace,
      David

      • Can you use it on 2 different I phones?

        • Hi Jeannie,

          I answer your question with a qualified yes.

          First, both the iPhones need to be compatible with Kardia Mobile. You see a list of devices, including iPhones, that are compatible with Kardia Mobile here.

          Second, it depends on how you physically attach Kardia Mobile to your iPhones if you do.

          An attachment clip is included with your purchase of Kardia Mobile. This attachment clip has a double sided adhesive pad on its back which allows you to optionally affix it to the back of your iPhone. If you optionally affix it to the back of your iPhone, I would think that you cannot affix that attachment clip to the back of another iPhone. So, you may need to purchase an additional attachment clip if you want to move the Kardia Mobile device between the two iPhones.

          You may have the attachment clip however opt not to affix it to the back of one of your iPhones. This would allow you to use Kardia Mobile with your two iPhones. You need to be careful not to lose the attachment clip that contains your Kardia Mobile Device.

          The solution to this may be to obtain a travel case or a carry pod for your Kardia Mobile Device. This is a popular solution.

          I hope that this helps and I wish you all the best Jeannie,
          Peace,
          David

          • David,
            Thank you so much for answering so fast. I really appreciate it. I ordered it yesterday. Looking forward to using it. Again thank you so much!!!
            Jeannie

          • Hi Jeannie,

            No worries. I usually answer questions quickly. No point in not.

            Thanks for letting me know. I hope that you find it useful.

            Please feel free to ask any other related questions here.

            I wish you all the best Jeannie,
            Peace,
            David

  2. I feel really lucky for visiting your site as I was planning to buy one .
    I learn a lot from your site .

    Great product and article. I will surely share it with my friends and relatives.

    Thank you

    • Hi Hemant,

      That is great. I also hope that your friends, relatives and yourself find that the device is useful.

      Peace,
      David

  3. Hi this is really great review of something that could potentially save your life. It can be hard sometimes to get the right diagnosis from even a medical professional. I have a colleague who is struggling with heart related issues and I think he might benefit from a device like this. I will be sure to show him your site tomorrow. Thanks, Kenny 

    • Hi Kenny,

      Make sure that your colleague involves his or her medical team. When I get any unclassified readings with this, I usually use the Kardia Mobile review service. I have found this review service to be a great service.

      If this reveals something “interesting” I then get in touch with my cardiac specialist for additional support as advised by her. Lucky for me in the last year or so, I have not had the need to do that, which is reassuring for me.  

      Peace,
      David

  4. Wow, this is fascinating.  So in terms of measuring stress, how accurate are the measurements of EKGs in determining the damaging effect stress has on your body?  I know stress can cause chronic inflammation and be damaging to the body in so many ways – especially cardiovascular health/coronary arteries.I agree with your conclusion, it seems to be better to  work closely with your doctor and cardiologist for the need and interpretation of applicable results.  I shall take this up with my Doctor!  Thank you for opening my eyes to this.

    • Hi John,

      EKGs show in graphical form some aspects of heart health, however my understanding as a lay person is, it is not capable of determining how much of this is related to stress. The FDA in the United States has approved Kardia mobile. My understanding is that any doctor or cardiac specialist in the USA has to take seriously any EKGs created using Kardia mobile. Medical professionals use these results in conjunction with other tests etc in order to come to the medical diagnosis. 

      It is therefore important to ensure that your medical team is involved in the process. My medical team advised me about 2 years ago about this device and recommended very strongly that I should get Kardia mobile, and share any applicable results with them. For me, I find that it is useful.  

      Peace,
      David

  5. Hi David,

    I’m going to have to tell my neighbor about this review.  He has been using the Heartcheck Pen for about a year and he said that after 6 months, it began giving him erroneous readings – which isn’t good when you’re trying to monitor your heart health.

    Besides him paying 3 times as much for the Heartcheck Pen, he got severely distorted readings that showed not only a possible sinus tachycardia but, also myocardial infarction – which is a heart attack!  When he went to a cardiologist for verification, he was told that everything was completely normal – and not to worry.

    I think for a lot less cost, the Kardia Mobile Device seems to be a better quality, more dependable way for him to monitor his heart health!

    Jim

    • Hi Jim,

      Sounds like this device could be what the doctor ordered, pun not intended. 🙂

      As the FDA in the United States approved Kardia mobile, my understanding is that any doctor or cardiac specialist in the USA has to take seriously any EKGs created using Kardia mobile. Medical professionals use these results in conjunction with other tests etc in order to come to the medical diagnosis.

      It is therefore important that your neighbour ensures that his medical team including his cardiologist is involved with the process. He may want to ask his cardiologist for advice regarding using this tool or indeed any other tool. And discuss the various kinds of results that he may get and how to process the different results.

      In my case, my cardiologist recommended that I use this tool. When I mentioned it to my doctor, he knows that I suffer from stress/anxiety as well, and he said that if I get any “bad” results that they may be “misleading”. When I saw my cardiologist the last time, I suggested no longer using the tool (because the EKGs generated with the tool showed nothing out of the ordinary after detailed analysis, sometimes after some worrying for a period of time), and she said that I was to continue to use this tool when “interesting” medical events happen. Different medical professionals having different views based on their perceptions. 

      I do not reside in the USA so my doctor and cardiologist do not have to take the results of using this tool when coming to any medical diagnosis. 

      Peace,
      David

  6. Can my wife and I both use the same device or do we need one each?

    • Hi Derek,

      You can use one device for both your wife and yourself.

      However you need to consider the following:

      You can attach the device to the back of a smartphone. If you do this, you will be able to use that device with that smartphone. I have not attached the device to the back of my smartphone so I can use it with multiple smartphones. I risk losing the device, so I always keep it in the little box it came with when it is not in use.

      From a practical viewpoint you might want to consider getting a device each, in case you intend using it when you are away from each other which may be likely at least now and again. If she has it with her when she is away from home and you are at home and you want to use it, you have to wait until she gets back, by which time the ‘event’ you wanted to record would be well over.

      You may need to clean it before use when switching from one to the other.

      So yes, although you can use the same device for the two of you, it may not be practicable in the real world we live in.

      Peace,
      David

  7. hi David
    I just recently had triple cabg I was wondering if this product would be able to let me know if I were having another heart attack or not. I don’t have Afib .

    thank you,
    Kim

    • Hi Kim,

      I hope that you are recovering well seeing as you had a triple cabg recently.

      This product is used to record EKGs. Once you record an EKG for the specified length of time, the default is 30 seconds which is the minimum amount of time, you can change the length yourself in settings, it will return one of three results:

      1. Heart normal (great)
      2. Atrial Fibrillation is detected
      3. An unclassified result – There is an option to get that reviewed by a cardiac physiologist. The level of detail that is provided is an interpretation of the EKG and a doctor recommendation. They expect to get back to you with 24 hours. They naturally have a small charge for this service. Once you order this EKG review via the App, they report back to you via the App and those results are kept in your History. This is the case if you are using the Premium option which I am using because that works for me.

      Speaking for myself, and because my heart consultant recommended this device for me, I use it when I have an “interesting medical event” to help determine if the event is stress/anxious related or heart related. So far the events I have recorded with it have been stress/anxious related. For these “interesting medical events” about a third of them the result is heart normal, a third of them the result is OK (Unclassified result is OK when the EKG is reviewed by a Kardia Mobile cardiac physiologist) and the other third of them the result is an abnormal heart result which is not normal for the normal population but is normal for me according to my heart consultant.

      I think that the device may be useful for you. However I would recommend that you run the idea by your medical team just to ensure that they are happy enough with the idea. If your heart result is normal when you are having a “potential heart attack” that would be good to know. However if it is a real heart attack, you should be getting proper professional medical assistance now.

      You might consider using the product on a daily basis (or another suitable time frame) to monitor your heart health. Using it this way may help you, especially if you get normal results now. Then when you get the other results, it acts as a “heads up”, and then you can arrange if need be to discuss it with your medical team. You need to run the idea by your medical team.

      Because I suffer from stress/anxiety, I don’t use it on a daily basis, because two thirds of my results are unclassified, and if I opted to get an opinion from a Kardia Mobile cardiac physiologist via the app, I would be worrying unnecessary from the time I sent the request to when they returned the result which would cause me more stress/anxious.

      You might consider getting the device and “getting familiar with it” so that you have something solid to discuss with your medical team. You could show them the EKGs you generated using it. The EKGs it generates have to be taken seriously by medical professionals in some parts of the world. Once you have become familiar with it, you would also be in a better position to determine if you find it helpful or otherwise.

      Please understand that if you are having a heart attack, the device can not help you. It is possible that the EKG it generates may provide useful information for medical professionals in your treatment. However if you are having a heart attack, you need to be getting urgent professional medical attention now. Just to be very clear, if you have any medical symptoms or concerns, contact or see your professional medical team promptly.

      I hope that this helps and I wish you all the best in your recovery Kim,
      Peace,
      David

  8. I am interested in this for my mom. She has had a couple of heart attacks a few years ago while in the hospital and they didn’t even know it. Once they finally figured out what was going on she had 99% blockage and required a stint immediately. They don’t even know how she survived it. I know she worries about having another one and I was wondering if this would help her. Could it detect that there is a chance of another one occurring or about to occur? Do you feel this would be beneficial for her ?

    • Hi Christy,

      I am sorry to hear about your mother’s experiences but am happy that they figured out what the cause was. That must have been a difficult for her, for you, for other loved ones and for other close people.

      If at this stage or indeed at any stage, she has any medical symptoms or concerns, I would suggest that she contacts or sees her professional medical team promptly.

      Once an EKG is recorded using Kardia Mobile for the specified length of time, the default is 30 seconds which is the minimum amount of time (this can be changed in settings), it will return one of three results:
      1. Heart normal (great)
      2. Atrial Fibrillation is detected
      3. An unclassified result – There is an option to get that reviewed by a cardiac physiologist. The level of detail that is provided is an interpretation of the EKG and a doctor recommendation. They expect to get back to you with 24 hours. They naturally have a small charge for this service. Once you order this EKG review via the App, they report back to you via the App and those results are kept in your History. This is the case if you are using the Premium option which I am using because that works for me.

      Speaking for myself, and because my heart consultant recommended this device for me, I use it when I have an “interesting medical event” to help determine if the event is stress/anxious related or heart related. So far the events I have recorded with it have been stress/anxious related. For these “interesting medical events” about a third of them the result is heart normal, a third of them the result is OK (Unclassified result is OK when the EKG is reviewed by a Kardia Mobile cardiac physiologist) and the other third of them the result is an abnormal heart result which is not normal for the normal population but is normal for me according to my heart consultant.

      My doctor who knows I suffer from stress/anxiety says that if I get any “not good” results using it not be too concerned about it as it is possible that it is a “misreading”. My heart consultant knows this and still recommends that I use it the way I do and the way that she recommends.

      It is possible that this device may be useful for your mother if she is comfortable using a smartphone. However I would recommend that she runs the idea by her medical team just to ensure that they are happy enough with the idea.

      She might consider using the product on a daily basis (or another suitable time frame) to monitor her heart health. Using it this way may help her, especially if she gets normal results now. Then if and when she gets the other results, it acts as a “heads up”, and then she can arrange if need be to discuss it her medical team. She needs to run the idea by her medical team.

      Because I suffer from stress/anxiety, I don’t use it on a daily basis, because two thirds of my results are unclassified, and if I opted to get an opinion from a Kardia Mobile cardiac physiologist via the app, I would be worrying unnecessary from the time I sent the request to when they returned the result which would cause me more stress/anxious. This is because of my underlying heart condition. I have no idea if this would be the case with your mother.

      She might consider getting the device and “getting familiar with it” so that she has something solid to discuss with her medical team. She could show them the EKGs she generated using it. The EKGs it generates have to be taken seriously by medical professionals in some parts of the world. Once she has become familiar with it, she would also be in a better position to determine if she finds it helpful or otherwise.

      Please understand that if she is having a heart attack, the device can not help her. It is possible that the EKG it generates may provide useful information for medical professionals in her treatment. However if she is having a heart attack, she needs to be getting urgent professional medical attention now. Just to be very clear, if she has any medical symptoms or concerns, contact or see her professional medical team promptly.

      I hope that this helps and I wish you and your mother all the best Christy,
      Peace,
      David

  9. Thank you for sharing this David. My son suffers from bad anxiety and stress. He has also had panic attacks. I can how this helps you deal with your condition, and allows you the comfort that it is just your anxiety and not your heart. I will be sending this article to my son to read as I am sure he could benefit from this. I wish you all the best for the future. 

    • Hi Martin,

      I am sorry to hear that your son suffers from bad anxiety and stress and has also had panic attacks.

      I have been there and it is not nice at all. I have not had a panic attack for some time however if I should suffer one in the future, I know exactly what to do. My anxiety and stress levels have improved. I put this partly down to practical stress management techniques.

      I find that meditation helps and I practice meditation on a daily basis now. A great way to learn meditation is to do an online meditation course which I reviewed here.

      I came across a useful book about managing panic attacks. Some of the information in it is really good and which I found useful. Your son may find the same. Here is My Review of the book Anxiety And Panic: How To Reshape Your Anxious Mind And Brain. The author of the book is a doctor who has over three decades of helping people with anxiety and panic attacks. He explains a lot and includes techniques that help.

      I hope that this helps and I wish you and your son all the best Martin,

      Peace,
      David

  10. David, thank you for sharing your experience with the AliveCor Kardia Mobile device.   My family history, both males and females, has had problems with heart attacks.   The females have also had some problems with stress and anxiety.   So, it is comforting to know there is a device available that can help differentiate between stress or panic induced problems or the more immediately severe heart problems.   After all, needlessly worrying about whether you are having heart issues adds to the stress issues.    I like that this devise is a lot cheaper than emergency room visits or needless trips to the cardiologist.   Thank you.    Best wishes for a healthy 2019.   

    • Hi Sondra,

      You are welcome, Sondra.

      I figure that a lot of people who suffer with anxiety and stress may also have heart issues, like I do.

      What I find great with the Kardia Mobile Device is that I can immediately use it when I have an “interesting medical event” and take a quick EKG, and get a result that I can immediately work with should there be a need. In about one third of my events, it detects that the heart is normal. In about one third of my events are “unclassified” however after an Alivecor Heart person looks at it (chargeable service within the app), it is determined as “green” and normal. In the other third of my events are “unclassified” however after an Alivecor Heart person (chargeable service within the app) looks at it, it is determined as “orange” with an explanation that is abnormal for the normal population but normal for me (according to my Heart specialist who does not work for Alivecor). Phew.

      It is actually amazing how finding out this information lowers the stress levels. And finding out this information in a timely manner helps a lot too.

      And of course, it helps prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency room and unnecessary trips to the cardiologist, both of which cost money and time, and unnecessary stress. And you may not see the cardiologist for some time, which means of course during that time, you are worrying which adds to the stress. So a real stress buster from that point of view.

      I wish you all the best Sondra.
      Peace,
      David

  11. I believe this device would profit everyone regardless of what age group you fall under. The kardia mobile device looks like a good option that can help in providing lifesaving EKG at any time of the day for its users.

    • Hi INI,

      The Kardia Mobile device is indeed a good option for many people. It is a good choice if the person already has an applicable smart phone (or is willing to get one, as I was) as it is a very useful and a very practical device and App.

      I think that this is a brilliant example of modern technology helping us more and more.

      I wish you all the best INI,

      Peace,
      David

  12. This is great, Technology is advancing day after day and I feel inventors of this great device deserves some accolades, I know you must have felt bad having the fear of a heart problem at first but am glad the Alivecor kardia device was able to function well and put your mind at rest. I think I will recommend it for people with heart problems or anxiety going by your well detailed review of the device. 

    • Hi Clement,

      Yes, I agree with you 100 per cent. Technology is going forward at a great rate. I think though that it is important that technology helps us in our lives, otherwise why bother with it?

      In the specific case I discuss in my Kardia Mobile Review, very shorty after the event, my doctor told me that I had a panic attack and that it was not heart related. He said during that discussion, if it had been heart related, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now, because he would have arranged for an ambulance to take me to hospital. Then a few weeks later, I was with a cardiologist (a different one than usual) and she was not so sure. She effectively make me doubt my own doctor and make me doubt myself.

      Anyway she recommended the Kardia Mobile device to look for “hard evidence” and so far the “events of potential interest” since then have turned out to be heart related, which is great to know. I can move on relatively quickly after those events with the rest of my life, not having to worry further about it because there is nothing to worry about.

      I wish you all the best Clement.
      Peace,
      David

  13. This looks very helpful. In fact, if we had it, it may have saved us a couple trips to the ER.

    I can also see the advantage of getting this information at the time that a health problem is occurring, rather than having a test at a hospital after the situation is over.

    Is there any problem with doing this test too often? Or is there any additional charge, depending on how often you use it?

    • Hi Danette,

      It is important to point out that if someone is having a medical event that is actually serious that it is extremely important that they get prompt and professional medical attention.

      Where this device is really useful is that it can return a result pretty quickly that may help in determining that it is not actually heart related. People need to work with their professional medical team and get their opinions on using the device as well.

      You can do the test as often as you wish. It is only in the case of the “Unclassified” readings that there is a charge if you want the App to “arrange” an AliveCor Heart person to look at it and give you a result along with a recommendation. You would alternatively email that EKG or those EKGs to your own heart person or doctor to look at it assuming that this is something that your own heart person or doctor would do. You need to come to some sort of understanding with that person along with an understanding about response time. This is where the service provided by AliveCor is so helpful, you pay a smallish charge and get a result along with a recommendation. Then you are in a better position to follow up with your medical team if there is a need.

      A potential problem with doing the test too often in my humble opinion is that if you get a lot of “unclassified” readings that after being reviewed by at least one medical heart professional are “normal for you”. So that person may be worrying unnecessary. That is why it is important that that person works with their professional medical team and use Kardia Mobile in such a way that works for them.

      Some people use the device as a monitoring tool on a daily basis. I assume that they are people who usually get “Normal” readings. I use it when I have an event which so far have not actually been heart related. Phew. 🙂

      I wish you the very best Dannette.
      Peace,
      David

  14. Hi David and thanks for your review into Kardia Mobile.I read the article and my first thought was this technology is simply amazing!!In early 2019 who would have thought this device would be available and in use? Is this device actually endorsed by the AMA and Cardiologists? I am also a former heart patient (stent) and I read the article with great interest. It is good it is written by an actual user and cardiology patient as yourself also. Good work here David,well done on the effort :))

    • Hi Billy,

      Yes, I agree with you that technology is simply amazing. This device and its associated App have now been around for a few years and it is very popular. The device is cleared by the FDA in the United States Of America. As I understand it, an EKG obtained using Kardia Mobile has to be taken seriously by medical professionals, you know doctors and cardiologists in the United States because the device is cleared by the FDA. People who use Kardia Mobile in my opinion should work closely with their own doctors and cardiologists and use Kardia Mobile as a tool in their own heart management.

      I wish you all the best Billy.
      Peace,
      David

  15. Thank you for sharing with us this informative review on Kardia Mobile.I am very impressed by the way technology is changing the world.I can’t imagine that there are phones which can play a role in helping people know the state of their heart condition.

    • Hi Julienne,

      Indeed, it is amazing that way that technology can be used to help us.

      I think that this technology is truly amazing because using Kardia Mobile an EKG can be obtained fairly quickly and the associated App displays an instant result within a few seconds of completing a successful EKG. This empowers that person to take whatever actions deemed necessary at that stage. Truly amazing.

      Using Kardia Mobile is a great way that allows people to capture EKGs as required. Of course, any applicable results that it generates or any medical concerns people have should be discussed with their professional medical team (their doctor, their physician, their cardiologist).

      I wish you the very best Julienne,
      Peace,
      David

  16. I must say that this article is very helpful to me as I have a family member who has a problem with heart rate. It is not bad to use it for me too. I did not hear about this app so far but it truly looks powerful. Do you really think that it can be a substitute for a real EKG test?

    • Hi Daniel,

      It is a real EKG test. It is FDA cleared. Medical professionals in the United States have to take the results it generates seriously. Just remember that before medical professionals come to a medical diagnosis, they get information from the patient and usually do a number of objective tests. Any results this generates is part of that process which may be ongoing.

      Where it is really helpful is that if a person has an event, and uses this to capture an EKG and the instant result is Normal, that is really good to know. If it reveals otherwise, that can act as a trigger to get in touch with your medical professionals to follow up more on it.

      Some heart related issues only show up on an EKG for short time periods and if you can capture this using Kardia Mobile that is an objective finding that can be discussed with medical professionals. You have the hard evidence EKG to show to them.

      It is important to point out that any applicable results should be shared with your medical professionals. You are working with them to help with monitoring your heart health.

      I wish you all the best Daniel.
      Peace,
      David

  17. Hello and thank you for your informative and thorough review. It is definitely something I would recommend to a friend of mine. He also has a minor heart condition, and having this ability to capture his EKG when he wants to capture his EKG would be so amazing. Never actually knew that apps like these existed.

    Thank you.

    Strahinja.

    • Hi Strahinja,

      Yes, I agree with you. This device along with its partner App is amazing. It is great that an EKG can be captured anytime anywhere.

      If the instant result is normal that is something good to know because then a person can then get on with the rest of their life without worrying further about the incident.

      If the instant result indicates otherwise, then a person has hard evidence to discuss with their doctor. Bear in mind that the doctor may indicate that although the result is not normal, it may be normal for you and not a cause of concern. However the doctor may indicate otherwise. This is why it is so important to work with your doctor.

      I wish you and your friend all the best Strahinja.
      Peace,
      David

  18. Wow, I could have used this a while back.  I had what felt like a cardiac issue and went to the ER.  And of course, once you are in there they do EVERYTHING.  $40,000 later I found out I had a gall bladder attack.  One of these potentially could have given me enough information to determine that there really wasn’t anything to worry about.  I imagine one might get a little pushback from some “old school” physicians, but I know mine is pretty open-minded and the next generation of physicians are bound to embrace this type of technology.

    • Hi there,

      Yes, if Kardia Mobile indicated that your heart was normal at least you would have known that.

      Once you are in ER they have to check everything along with the associated costs.

      Anytime new technologies or new ways of doing things are implemented there will always be people who feel that the old way of doing things was okay. I would imagine that a hundred years from now or less, a doctor will scan a patient with a hand held device and the hand held device will report on any medical findings instantly. Science fiction becoming reality.

      I wish you all the best and hope that your gall bladder behaves in future.
      Peace,
      David

  19. I didn’t even know about the existence of this kind of device! great Job! It’s very powerful and I think very usefull!  I’ve wondered how to keep my heart under control if I would have any kind of problem (some of my friends had) and this is a very good answer to that question! Thanks a lot for reviewing it!

    • Hi Miche,

      Technology is always charging ahead. This is one case where modern technology is a real life changer and has the potential to do a lot of good for a lot of people in a very cost effective manner.

      For example, I saw a report that indicated that in a few practices in Sydney in Australia that when over 970 patients over 65 years went to get the “anti-flu” shot in 2015 that the practice also used Kardia Mobile to check their hearts for atrial fibrillation. Eight of those patients were newly identified as having atrial fibrillation.

      I wish you all the best Miche.
      Peace,
      David

  20. The Kardia mobile sounds like a really useful device for anyone who has heart trouble and needs to monitor their heart on a regular basis – I imagine that it would probably save a good deal of time when you may otherwise feel that you needed to consult a doctor in person.

    My only concern would be that for people who have not a known heart condition, would it not make them overly concerned with the health of their heart? Of course, it could also be useful for people who are taking part in a very active sport so that they could ensure that they were not “overdoing it”!!

    It is really good to know that there is such a helpful device available for anyone who feels that they need it.

    Many thanks

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie,

      You nailed it exactly. It saves a lot of time (and potentially a lot of expense) if someone has an event and they opt to go to their doctor or ER and that event turns out to be something not so urgent after all. Kardia Mobile in my opinion should be used in partnership between yourself and your medical team so that you are given personal advice that is applicable to you and your medical history.

      Some people I understand use it to monitor their heart health regularly. I guess those people would have a routine that they follow and just follow the routine. I would assume that those people normally get Normal results and their plan is that if that changes to contact their medical team. Each to their own is what I say.

      I wish you all the best Chrissie.
      Peace,
      David

  21. Kardia Mobile definitely looks cool. I think it is fantastic that you can get your very own EKG. A device like kardia seems to be in a completely separate league all together.

    I can’t wait to try it out for myself to see exactly how healthy my heart really is!

    • Hi Renton,

      It is fascinating that with Kardia Mobile you can capture your EKG anywhere and at anytime, then get an Instant Result within a few short seconds after the EKG has been successfully captured. This allows you to take whatever actions deemed appropriate based on something objective: The EKG itself and the Instant Result. You can then email that EKG to yourself or your doctor.

      I wish you all the best Renton.
      Peace,
      David

  22. Is the device compatible with a defibrillator or a pacemaker?

    • Hi Ray,

      Thanks for the question.

      Kardia is not recommended for use with pacemakers and ICDs.

      You might be able to use Kardia after using a defibrillator however it would only be used to capture an EKG at that time to see how the heart is now doing. In any case, I think after using a defibrillator in all cases the patient would be on the way urgently to an appropriate medical facility to get professional medical care for their heart.

      I wish you all the best Ray.
      Peace,
      David

  23. David: So you’re saying that even if you have a pacemaker/icd that Kardia will work as a current monitor of your heart rate and arrhythmias if you’re doing simple non-pacing/non-icd monitoring? No general inability to work or accuracy issues just because you have an implanted device?

    • Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the question.

      Kardia is not recommended for use with pacemakers and ICDs.

      I wish you all the best Lee.
      Peace,
      David

  24. Thanks for the detailed review!

    The Kardia looks very cool – I especially like the clarity of the display in your review. 

    I currently use a heart rate monitor by FitBit but I’ve been a bit concerned of late that it’s not very accurate.

    Do you think the finger-based sensor is more trustworthy than the one attached to my wrist?

    • Hi Phil,

      The technology behind the Kardia is very cool. I like the way that they use existing technology and add to it so that this solution is available on the street to lots of people worldwide.

      I believe that FitBit is not an EKG monitor and therefore is not able to detect different heart arrhythmias. It therefore can not detect if a person may be experiencing atrial fibrillation or bradycardia or tachycardia.

      I do believe that FitBit have plans to detect atrial fibrillation however they indicated that they were working on this in 2017. It is now almost mid 2019 and they have not yet announced that it is ready. FitBit chief executive, James Park, indicated that it depends on getting FDA approval and FitBit have not released any sort of timeline as they want to have a good overall system in place. We just have to wait and see that they come up with.

      AliveCor, the company behind KardiaMobile and KardiaBand have been getting FDA clearance for years in this field:

      1. The Kardia Mobile Device with its partner Kardia App has been FDA cleared to detect atrial fibrillation as well as normal rhythm since August 21, 2014.
      2. The Kardia Mobile Device with its partner Kardia App is the only personal EKG device that is cleared by the FDA to detect atrial fibrillation or bradycardia or tachycardia or if the rhythm is normal since April 23, 2019.

      In other words, Kardia Mobile works in the real world NOW. There is no need to wait!

      I explained in my review above a good overall process to process “unclassified” results and that I think that a person using Kardia Mobile should share any applicable results with their professional heart team.

      Any EKG captured by the Kardia App can be emailed to a professional health person who knows how to read an EKG so that is something objective that can be discussed with a professional health person to help determine the next move. 

      I wish you all the best Phil,
      Peace,
      David

  25. Thank you for sharing your experience with Kardia mobile. This piece of device changes everything. My dad suffers from heart condition as well and he had several strokes, which is not good, in his lifetime. Here in the States is so hard to get the appointment and the only solution that you can actually do is to walk into the emergency room which is yet again, they cannot determine your condition until you see cardiologist.

    Thank you your that short YouTube clip, it seems easy to operate. So the device is only $99? Is there any other fee for reading each test?

    • Hello Nuttanee,

      Yes it is pretty easy to operate.

      You can get the Kardia Mobile Device and not pay more. However in this case, you only have access to the last EKG you captured on the device. You can email that EKG to yourself or your doctor or your cardiologist (with their permission of course), so you would have to manage those EKGs yourself. 

      If you opt for Kardia Premium Membership (you pay for this monthly or yearly), you can request AliveCor to do an Analysis Report of an “Unclassified” EKG for you. For each of those requests there is a small charge. I explained in my review how I use that option and that works for me. I don’t know if this option is available if you do not have Kardia Premium Membership. 

      This allows you to store all the EKGs you capture using Kardia in the cloud and allows you to see them in your smartphone as well. You can also access them using a personal computer / laptop on the internet and see them that way too.

      I wish you and your dad all the best Nuttanee.

      Peace,

      David

  26. Technology can help us manage many health related issues with time to come, it will even get better. The ability to capture your EKG on the go is a very interesting and strong selling point of this app for me. It’s a great tool for all those who have heart related issues. Thanks for sharing this info and backing it up with your personal life experience. I know it can be difficult at times for some people to make public private information like this about them. 

    • Hi Owillz,

      This is a case of modern technology helping us out for sure.

      This is the only personal EKG device that is cleared by the FDA at the current time to detect the 3 most common heart arrhythmias as well as normal heart rhythm. And to give an instant result. If the instant result is not one of these, you have the option of showing that EKG to your cardiac professional who should be able to read it for you or you can request for a small fee for AliveCor to provide you with an analysis report with their recommendation. No waiting around in hospitals or the like.

      I wish you all the best Owillz.

      Peace,

      David

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