When the Apple Watch Series 4 arrived with its much-talked-about ECG reader, the world celebrated – but, at the same time, it offered to point out that Apple was not so much a pioneer in technology, as the AliveCor previously offered similar solutions for users to detect the condition with home gadgets.
Now, one of the manufacturer’s products is taking it a step further: the KardiaMobile, an accessory that connects to the iPhone, recently received authorization from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, an American organ equivalent to our Anvisa) to detect two more types of cardiac arrhythmia: tachycardia and bradycardia.
For the avoidance of doubt, KardiaMobile already exists – it is a small accessory that you connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth and, by placing your fingers on the contacts, detects your heart rate and, through its ECG technology, possible signals atrial fibrillation. Now, with the novelty, tachycardia (abnormal increase in heart rate) and bradycardia (abnormal decrease in heart rate) join the conditions detectable by the device.
It is good to note that tachycardia and bradycardia do not necessarily indicate problems in the user’s cardiovascular system, but frequent detections of these conditions can signal that the person should see a doctor to analyze possible adversities.
KardiaMobile can be purchased for US $ 100 on the AliveCor website – and, remember, it is not recommended for people who use pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).