Put an ECG in your pocket – Making your Smart Phone Smarter

Allan Platt, PA-C, MMSc, DFAAPA

All of us are wearing our smartphones for instant communication and the apps, but why not make it a point of care diagnostic tool? For $150 you can purchase a 9.0 cm x 3.0 cm x 0.72 cm, 0.85 ounce 6 Lead (I, II, III, AVR, AVL, AVF) Kardia Mobile 6 (https://www.alivecor.com/kardiamobile6l ) sensor pad and use your compatible smartphone (iOS or Android) to record a patient’s ECG.





There are two sensors on top for each thumb and one sensor underneath to place on the left knee or ankle. The free app is available for iOS and Android to record the ECG via Bluetooth communication for storage as a PDF for printing or transmitting. AliveCor is marketing this FDA approved device for the lay public to diagnose and manage atrial fibrillation. They have a Kardia Band that connects to the Apple watch to give single lead I ECG reading.

Clinicians can carry the Kardia Mobile 6 pad in their pocket to use in office and remote settings where an ECG machine is not available to do real-time diagnosis. Dysrhythmias such as AFib, AFlutter, PVCs, PACs, SVT, axis deviation, first, second and third-degree heart block, can be diagnosed in a few seconds. Studies are underway to detect STEMI, Prolonged QT, hyperkalemia, and other rhythm disturbances. (https://www.alivecor.com/research)

For the low cost and portability, this is a valuable addition to any clinician’s medical equipment collection for point of care diagnosis.


See Allan Platt, PA-C, MMSc, DFAAPA speak at the GAPA 2020 Summer Conference in Sandestin, FL.

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