Heart disease and stroke are, far and away, the chief causes of death in many countries. And it’s something you can anticipate with a simple EKG. Since nobody expects you to visit the doctor daily for that, the Kardia Mobile might offer a more suitable alternative.
A small device barely bigger than a thumb drive, it pairs with a smartphone app (iOS and Android) to give you EKG readings any time you want it. It’s fast, too, allowing you to take a medical-grade reading in just 30 seconds, so you can find out right away whether your heart rhythm is normal or if something’s amiss. From there, you doctor can make an informed decision about what to do next.
To use, simply put two fingers each on the electrodes installed on the surface of the Kardia Mobile, run a scan, and you’re set. From there, simply wait the requisite 30 seconds and get your reading, with the app promptly informing you when any atrial fibrillation is detected. It measures just 8.2 x 3.2 cm, so it’s small enough to fit in any pocket or even a slot on your wallet. The whole thing is powered by a CR2016 coin cell battery, which can last it a full 200 hours, which should be good for up to 12 months of regular use.