Now Smartphone App For Kids With Cardiac Ailments

AliveCor
Researchers in the US are working on a smartphone that monitors the heart’s rhythm and rate to help kids with cardiovascular conditions. The app works with the AliveCor device, a smartphone cover with two metal plates on the back.
The device can be used with the app to conduct an electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, wirelessly, and then send it from that smartphone to the patient’s doctor.

Dr Jennifer Silva, a Washington University Pediatric Cardiologist at St Louis Children’s Hospital, said, it’s easy to upload EKG and send it to on the smartphone.

Doctors running the trial at the hospital have been able to make a diagnosis based on the Alivecor EKG results 98% of the time.

There are 37 children in the study ranging in age from 2 months to 18 years old. The device, however, is not a substitute for a full EKG at a doctor’s office because it only tests the heart’s rhythm and rate. The AliveCor has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use by adults.

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