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KardiaMobile – Your Personal EKG

Recording an EKG has become quicker than thanks to Kardia Mobile. Kardia Mobile is a personal EKG that you can take with you anywhere you go. For those that aren’t familiar with that term, an EKG is an electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram measures the electric activity of your heart, and can detect any abnormalities that may indicate heart disease.

Before technical strides in the last few years, an EKG would have to be given by a doctor with access to an EKG monitor with small nodes attached to it. The nodes would have to be attached to various parts of your body to get the readings from your heart. Now an EKG can be taken with a Kardia mobile in a matter of 30 seconds.  

How are EKG’s done traditionally?

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For those who aren’t familiar or have forgotten what an EKG is, I’ll briefly describe the simple procedure shown in the picture above. When getting an EKG, the patient will lay down so the technician can attach soft electrodes to their body. It will be placed around your chest, arm, and sometimes your legs. The electrodes are about the size of a coin. During the test, you’ll have to lay completely still. Once everything is attached to you, the EKG machine will begin recording your heart activity. This procedure takes about 10 minutes.

How does KardiaMobile work?

Kardia Mobile turns a 10 minute procedure into a 30 second routine. It takes away the hassle of having to set an appointment, waiting in the doctor’s office, and the messy gel and wires needed for the EKG. You can literally record your EKG recording at the kitchen table right before breakfast. Here are the steps to using Kardia Mobile.

  1. Purchase Kardia
  2. Download the app for IOS or Android.
  3. Set up your account
  4. Tap “record EKG” in the app
  5. Place your fingertips on the sensors
  6. View your results in 30 seconds

Below is a video that shows how to record an EKG.

What do the analysis results mean?

It’s important to understand the results from KardiaMobile to know what your next steps should be. The results seem well named and clear enough to understand. Here are the possible results that can be returned and their meaning.

Tachycardia

An analysis result of tachycardia means your heart rate is faster than normal. The normal range for your heart rate depends on your age and physical condition, so what’s fast for someone else may not be fast for you.

Unreadable

An unreadable result means it could not be read as an EKG. This can be due to incorrectly recording the EKG, or to signal noise. Kardia Mobile communicates with your smart phone through high frequency ultrasound, so it’s possible that it can catch electric interference from other sources such as your tv or large computer monitors. Here are some tips to avoid getting unreadable analysis results:

  • move away from sources of electrical interference
  • stay away from areas with a lot of environmental noise such as crowds
  •  make sure your phone or tablet isn’t plugged in to anything or charging,
  • turn off hearing aids if you’re wearing them
  • remain still during EKG recordings
  • clean the metal electrodes with an alcohol wipe
  • relax the hand and arms during EKG to reduce muscle noise

Normal

A normal result is exactly how it sounds. It indicates the normal rhythm of a functioning heart.

Possible Atrial Fibrillation

Possible Atrial Fibrillation indicates an irregular heartbeat.  

Bradycardia

This analysis results indicates a slow heart rate less than 50 beats per minute. Depending on your age and physical condition, this could a normal heart rate in healthy adults and athletes.

Unclassified

An unclassified result means it didn’t fall under any of the classifications listed above. This can be caused by other arrhythmias, a bad quality recording, or just not fitting into any boundaries of the other results.

Regardless of the EKG result reading you get, if chest pain or pressure is present, contact a physician or 911. With each result, you always have the option to share the EKG with a medical professional of your choice, or you can submit it for a Clinician Review (more on this later). Keep in mind that it is not recommended for use with pacemakers and ICDs.

Free Services vs. Premium Protection Plan

When you first buy KardiaMobile, there is a 30-day free trial. Any time before those 30 days are up, you can return your device and get a full refund. If you choose to keep it after your free trial, you can stick with the free service, or upgrade to the premium service for $10/month. The free services offered are:

  • Unlimited EKG recordings
  • Blood pressure and weight tracking
  • Option to save and email an EKG recording to yourself or doctor

These basic features are good for anyone who does not plan on using the KardiaMobile device too often. However, if you plan on using the device on a daily or weekly basis, I recommend the premium plan. The premium plan includes:

  • Unlimited cloud storage of your EKG recordings for access from any device
  • Blood pressure and weight tracking
  • Monthly report of your abnormal EKG recordings to share with your doctor
  • Device Replacement (U.S. only)
  • Medication Tracking

I would only recommend the premium plan for more frequent users because you’d able to access your EKG recordings from any device, not just locally on your phone. Also, if keeping track of your EKGs is vital to your health, the monthly reports will show you the trends of your past taken EKGs.  I don’t think any of these would benefit someone who would only need to take their EKG once or twice a month.

A feature that is available for the basic plan and the premium plan is the Clinician Reviews. With a clinician review, you can send an EKG recording out for review to a board-certified cardiologist for an out of pocket fee. In the U.S, a review and recommendation by a board-certified cardiologist is $19 with a 24-hour response time. The clinician reviews can be purchased within the app, and you’ll also be able to see your results within the kardia app or through email.

What are the drawbacks of KardiaMobile?

A common complaint I have found from users of KardiaMobile is that they didn’t like having to pay $10 a month for the premium service after paying for the device. However, I believe that the free service is a great alternative to those who aren’t interested in paying for premium.

Even though I haven’t seen too many reviews concerning this, I’d recommend making sure that your device is compatible to work with KardiaMobile.

Also, another concern that I’ve found was the limited amount of data given by the results. Since it is only a 1-lead EKG, it does not provide as much data as a regular EKG can. In response to this concern, KardiaMobile 6l was created. KardiaMobile is a 6-lead EKG, which means it provides a better view of your heart. Since it has additional 5 leads, it can provide the doctor more information. If you want to hear more about KardiaMobile 6l, subscribe to our website and we’ll notify you when the KardiaMobile 6l article is posted.

Where to Buy?

KardiaMobile is available for purchase on Amazon. For an additional fee, Amazon lets you buy a 2-year warranty or a 3-year warranty for your device. A KardiaMobile case is also available for purchase to protect your device while it isn’t being used.  Don’t forget, there’s a 30-day full money back guarantee. So, if you give it a try within that 30 day mark, you can get a full refund.

If you have any questions or thoughts/opinions you would like to share about KardiaMobile, feel free to comment below.

26 Comments

  1. KardiaMobile is the most clinically‑validated personal EKG in the world. Now a medical‑ grade EKG can become part of your daily routine so you would always be in check. I have tried it out and I must tell you it very good. Thanks alot for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has help me.

  2. Wow 😍! This review has given me a clear understanding of what I already know about kardiamobile. Kardia is the first A.I. enabled platform to help clinicians manage patients for the early detection of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and one that leads to a five times greater risk of stroke. I recommend this for clinicians. 

    Thanks for the review!

  3. Hello there, thank you for sharing this article revealing KadiaMobile. It’s so amazing to see how technology has advanced within a little space of time. Now, EKG that normally takes approximately 10 minutes to be done by a technician (preceding some hassles, spendings and waiting on a queue) can now be done in 3 minutes at home or anywhere in a space of about 30 seconds. I’m so impressed by this release considering the fact that it is very easy to use and it is mobile.

  4. One again technology has advanced to a point that would not have been envisaged, only a few years ago. Athough the standard hospital procedure is now relatively quick, compared to ten years ago, at approximatley ten minutes, it doesn’t take into account the overhaul convenience.

    Many are already suffering or may be old and infirm. Having to travel and then wait in a busy medical facility puts a unwanted strain on their health. Now, all that has changed. After purchase and set-up, the procedure lasts for 30 seconds maximum.

    It’s ideal for those that have a history of cardiac issues and want to keep an eye on things from the comfort of their own home. This is a ground-breaking device and will make a huge difference in many peoples lives.

    • Yes looking back on what EKG procedures first looked like, i would have never thought we’d make it to this point. Technology gets more advanced every day.

  5. Wow! Great innovation from kardiamobile. 

    For one to be able to detect heart problems on the go is winner, I have never thought of something like this before. 

    It saves time and lots of money and effort. 

    Having to pay $19 to be able to send your EKG recordings to experts is really nice. 

    i have a question though. 

    could the charges for monthly premium be reduced or scrapped? 

  6. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I had no idea about KardiaMobile. After reading your registration, I got the full idea about KardiaMobile and felt this bond. an excellent article with us .will be part of the Medical Grade EKG for my daily route.And the next step is to share my new experiences with you.

  7. It sounds like a great way to keep track of how your heart is doing without having to wait for a doctor’s appointment. I think it’s neat too that it allows you to share your results with a medical professional. A friend of mine has had to have a few EKG’s before because of heart issues. I think she mostly relies on her FitBit to track her heart rate but this seems like a more advanced and reliable way if treating. I’ll see if she’s interested in trying Kardia. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. I think technology is very important especially for people with heart conditions or advanced in age. It sounds like KardiaMobile is a great product and could help save a trip to a doctor. It sounds like the advanced technology can make the testing easy and convenient. It helps that the device and service are very affordable.

  9. This looks like a fabulous device.  I will have to check it out.  $10 a month is not a lot for something like this.  I would like to hear from customers using it who hear about the results they have had on a month to month basis.  How accurate the readings are would determine whether not I would buy it.  I do believe more and more devices like this will be made to help the consumer save money.  This was an excellent find.  Great job bringing this to our attention.

  10. Kardiamobile sounds like a wonderful product! The thought of being able to check on my heart when i get a fear i can just take a few seconds and do it at home. This sounds 100x better than driving to the doctor or ER. The price is relatively cheap, but i don’t really like that i have to pay 10 usd a month for all the aspects it offers.

    i do wonder if you have have any reviews or testimonials of the product. Or if you possibly use it yourself?

    • Yes you can look at the reviews when you click on the link in the last paragraph. When you scroll down you’ll see the reviews left on the product on amazon.

  11. Hello, many are already suffering or may be old and infirm. Having to travel and then wait in a busy medical facility puts a unwanted strain on their health. Now, all that has changed. After purchase and set-up, the procedure lasts for 30 seconds maximum. KardiaMobile is the most clinically‑validated personal EKG in the world. Now a medical‑ grade EKG can become part of your daily routine so you would always be in check. This is a ground-breaking device and will make a huge difference in many peoples lives.

  12. Hello, thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I had no idea about KardiaMobile. After reading your registration, I got the full idea about KardiaMobile. It’s ideal for those that have a history of cardiac issues and want to keep an eye on things from the comfort of their own home. thank you for sharing this article revealing KadiaMobile

  13. Very helpful review indeed. I am amazed how easy it is to make EKG with this tool you just reviewed. I have to agree with you, that it makes easier for everyone, even if you need it or not. There is a huge advantages in terms of skipping the line at the doctor’s ambulance as well as saving time to deal with the busy nurses. That is really significant improvement. In addition it is quicker and it can be done in comfort of your home. Do you suggest it for everyone or people already with some disabilities or allergy should be not able to take this? Thank you once again, I will spread word in my circles about it,well done!!

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