Medical devices to monitor heart rhythm (i.e., Alivecor, KardiaMobile)
I’m interested in purchasing the $149 KardiaMobile only to detect possible A-Fib occurrences. I have had a pacemaker since 2015. Kardia Mobile states it is not appropriate if one has a pacemaker. Have no idea what the problem is. All I want is a device that will alert me to A-Fib situations. Any suggestions? Thank you. Roger H
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I use the Kardia- which has both 6 and 12 lead- and it has been very accurate for detecting my afib episodes. I wonder if there is some sort of radio interference with the pacemaker. Kardia works with Bluetooth.
He doesn't have a pacemaker. Says his heart acts funny sometimes. He has a hard time describing how it feels.
I am eager to receive your opinions about this personal device. My husband had a heart attack on November 8, 2019. He will be having another procedure in the near future to clear an artery (assuming another stent). Me? Though I haven't reported it, I am a VAERS statistic with A-fib after the Pfizer double jab. My A-fib (self-diagnosed since I have never had an MD and I can certainly feel my heart jumping, fluttering, beating in an irregular fashion when I'm at rest) is much improved since I am no longer suffering from the post-vax diarrhea/loss of electrolytes that lasted 18 months! BTW, a worldwide compilation of data confirmed my suspicions, confirmed the connection. There has been a significant spike in food "hypersensitivity" post CoVid vax–with Pfizer being at the top of the list. Bottom line? I think it wise for my husband and me to look into this Kardia Mobile. I assume we would need to buy two–one for each of us. Yes, your opinions matter to me. Many thanks for your input.
Hi @frenchie333, I have one of the first Kardia mobile devices and upgraded to the six lead Kardia mobile device. Pretty sure you can share the same device but would have to each have a Kardia mobile account on your separate mobile device. Here's some info that talks about it…
"Can two people share a Kardia?
If you wish to have another person use the Kardia Mobile device, have them set up the Kardia app on their smartphone/tablet or log out of your account on the Kardia app so that they can log in to their account on the Kardia app. The Kardia Mobile device can be used with more than one Kardia account and/or smart device."
— User Manual for Kardia™ by AliveCor®:
I started using the Kardia app on my iPhone with my Apple iWatch 6. It is a little easier that using the six lead Kardia mobile device that has the 2 pads on top and you hold it on your knee or ankle. You can also use it with two leads with just your fingers. My Apple watch just shows that I have sinus rhythm where when I use the Kardia device most of the time it shows I have Sinus with Supraventricular Ectopy (SVE). I took it in and let my PCP look at it but they really weren't concerned. I was more concerned with an AFib reading that pops up once in awhile. I also have neuropathy in my legs and fingers so I've always wondered if that plays a part in the readings.
I wouldn't totally rely on the device but I think it can give you some comfort. I would discuss it with your doctor just to see if they have any thoughts or may be able to provide a baseline if you buy one.
Thank you for the detailed info, John! And intelligent speculation about the neuropathy, which my husband is beginning to suffer (Type II diabetic).
@frenchie333 , I moved your message to this existing discussion about medical devices to monitor heart activity.
– Medical devices to monitor heart rhythm (i.e., Alivecor, KardiaMobile) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kardiamobile/
I did this so you can read previous posts and meet other members like @galevin @windyshores @eileena @texas14 @elwood @slynnb @jenny2 along with @johnbishop who are familiar with monitoring devices.
Ohhhhh. thank you SO much, Colleen!
I will check out the posts ASAP!
It was my Apple Watch that recorded my worst bout of A-Fib. My heart was running at 161 bpm. The watch recorded it several times. I was able to print out the EKG report from my IPhone and bring it to my Cardiologist. He was blown away by the technology. I’m now on Eliquis…
Does anyone know if the Kardia device will record arrhythmias if you have an ICD please (such as NSVT or PVCs)?
It might be a good idea to discuss the topic with your cardiologist. It appears to be OK from this 2019 article I found.
"The AliveCor Kardia device has an excellent safety profile when used in conjunction with most CIEDs. The quality of recordings was preserved in this population. The device, therefore, can be considered for heart rhythm monitoring in patients with CIEDs."
— Safety and compatibility of smart device heart rhythm monitoring in patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31190453/