An Android app that can change the future of Heart rate monitoring. The heart patients , who need to monitor their rapid or irregular heart beat, here is an easy solution, researchers have found great results in a palpitation tracking smartphone app that provides comparable performance to the 14-day event monitors that are the current standard of care.
The researchers evaluated and verified the efficiency of AliveCor Heart Monitor smartphone app. "We showed that we can do the same with the app as with the event monitors, The application is very simple and can be used by any one even with zero technical knowledge, this make the app more acceptable" said senior study author Anne Curtis, professor at University at Buffalo in New York, US.
The drawbacks of event monitors is that cardiac patients have to wear them all the time for two to four weeks. These monitors require electro cardio-graphic electrode's to be attached to the patient's skin, which can be irritating, and most patients do not like to wear it in public. Hence, accuracy is low. The point of study was to determine whether any smartphone app could be good enough to replace what we normally use now, which is a 14-30 day event monitor.
In the two-week study, 32 patients who had some symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia, used both methods to record when they were having palpitations.The researchers found that the AliveCor Heart Monitor smartphone app correctly recorded 91 percent of total arrhythmic events experienced by patients versus 87.5 percent recorded by the event monitors.