Technology is truly changing lives in a number of different ways, some for the better and some for the worst.
But 69-year-old Tom Cooney is a fan of one particular piece of technology, which he carries in his pocket while he travels thousands of miles per week: a smartphone that puts a heart rate monitor right at his fingertips.
A handful of apps and devices are highly sophisticated and even approved by the FDA for medical use, and Cooney’s new smartphone case that is wired with electrodes, can now effectively record his heart rhythms.
Cooney suffers from Atrial Fibrillation, a common heart condition that is generally monitored by a portable EKG machine. However, travelling with such has often proved difficult...until now.
“You can do this everywhere except in the air,” he said while using his phone to monitor his heart condition. “If you can get a connection, you can do this.”
The new technology is a result of a trial at Cleveland Clinic that combines a smartphone case wired with electrodes, and an app to record heart rhythm.
Dr. Khaldoun Ctarakji of the Cleveland Clinic said, “You just hold your phone and make sure your fingers are touching the metal plates on the back of the device and it records your rhythm strip.”
Researchers at the clinic have even suggested that recordings taken from the smartphone device are comparable to measures taken from traditional monitors.
Dr. Ctarakji believes the recordings showed excellent sensitivity and specificity, suggesting that the trial has been successful.
The ease of use, for both the patient and the practitioner is an important element of the design. Recordings can be saved and simply emailed for interpretation by a doctor, making his need to monitor his heart more convenient and achievable.
A similar piece of technology exists here in Australia and is making waves in the way that AF is monitored and detected.
MyDiagnostik is a portable piece of technology that is easy to use and highly accurate which also allows for remote recordings and the ability to email practitioners your results.
If you or someone you know needs an easier way to monitor their heart, technology is creeping in and making the job whole lot less stressful!
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