Know Thy Heart: At-Home ECG/EKG app by KardiaMobile. Is it worth paying for?

    A major part of the health and fitness industry is health. Without health, there is no fitness, as compromised health is a serious detriment to achieving any fitness goal. Exercise can be prescribed to help many illnesses or diseases, however if an illness is asymptomatic, and you start exercising, you could be causing yourself quite a bit of harm, possibly death.

    Such is the case with with atrial fibrillation. If you are unaware that you have afib, your blood may start to get more molasses-like; then it may clog the blood vessels going to your brain, then you may have a stroke!  I didn't know an irregular heart beat could lead to a stroke, but it can.

    Atrial fibrillation can cause your heart rate to skyrocket upwards of 150 beats per minute (a normal resting heart rate is 72 beats per minute). When you have an abnormally fast heartbeat, they call it tachycardia.

    The risk of getting an ischemic stroke as a result of atrial fibrillation is 3-6 times great than those who don't have afib. Amongst other risk factors of this type of stroke is high blood pressure or diabetes. The promising thing about afib is that, with treatment, a normal active live is completely possible; the stroke problems happen when afib is left untreated.



    You may or may not notice any symptoms of afib; you may actually feel perfectly fine, or you may show some symptoms such as palpitations, fatigue, chest discomfort, sweating, anxiety, dizziness, and trouble concentrating.

    In any rate, one of the methods used to find out if you have atrial fibrillation is a test called an electrocardiogram.  (ECG/EKG).



    With all that is the internet, there is now an EKG monitor that you can use on most portable devices, be it your phone, or tablet. They sell it on amazon, but apparently there are television commercials running. Now the question is, is the mobile EKG monitor worth it?

    Well, a quick glance at the amazon reviews is enough to get some answers.

    Apparently, people love the concept, however not everyone loves the business model of the company.

    There are two options when purchasing this add-on to your mobile device; one is the basic or free option; the other is the premium option, which goes for $10 a month, according to one of the amazon reviews.

    So if you want to track your EKG results over a period of time, you'll need to pay.

    Also, some reviews have stated that the apparatus isn't totally reliable when there is atrial fibrillation. That being said, there are also some good reviews about the product.



    The question is, would you pay for something at home that you can get done in your doctor's office? The thing is, once you are diagnosed with afib, if your doctor can prescribe you blood thinners; this will considerably reduce your chances of stroke, plus staying physically active is very beneficial to your overall health.

    It seems important to be able to take an EKG at random throughout the day, as symptoms may not show up when at the doctor's office.; having the ability to take EKGs throughout the day, whenever you feel symptoms coming on,  and then sending them to your doctor by email, seems to be the selling point of this device.


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    AliveCor. (n.d). Alivecor® KardiaMobile EKG Monitor/Wireless EKG/ Captures HEartRate, Rhythm & Symptoms for Early Detection of Afib/For Smartphones & Tablets/FDA Cleared. {Amazon.com page}. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/2PvoRyk


    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (.2018) Stroke Information Page. Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Stroke-Information-Page


    Atrial Fibrillation. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.heartandstroke.ca/heart/conditions/atrial-fibrillation


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