Who am I and how did I test this product?
When my doctor diagnosed me with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), he suggested that I get an EKG monitor. So I purchased Kardia mobile EKG (Electrocardiogram) and the experience has been wonderful. The monitor warns me when I am in AFib and when my heart rhythm is back to normal.
Is AliveCor Inc. a scam?
AliveCor Inc. is a technology company that develops electrocardiogram recorders. It has its headquarters in San Francisco. The company has been in business for years 6 years. The company’s website was created in 2009. AliveCor is known for developing credit card sized wireless devices that can turn mobile phones into heart monitors.
What do positive and negative reviews say?
This product has 300+ positive reviews and 70+ negative reviews on Amazon.
Who else recommends this product?
This product has been recommended by livingwithatrialfibrilliation.com. This is because of its convenience. It can be carried anywhere and a test can be taken at any time.
Pros of Kardia mobile ECG
|A decent social media following||AliveCor has 8,000+ followers on Facebook, 5,000+ followers on Twitter, and 1000+ subscribers on YouTube|
|The main website has an accessible support||Customers can access on the main website an email address and a Phone number. The US customer support team is available from 7am to 5pm PT Monday to Friday.
Customers from the UK can access an email address and phone number. The UK customer support team is available from 8am to 10pm GMT.
|Warranty||This product has a I-year limited warranty.|
|Works with smartphones and tablets||This device works with devices that you already carry with you everywhere. It is therefore a convenient way of monitoring your heart.|
|Track and share||This device allows you to record your EKG at different time durations. You can choose to take the test for 30 seconds, I minute, 2 minutes and so on. After getting the test results, you can share them with your doctor via email.|
|Record notes with each test||With each test you can record notes detailing factors that may have contributed to the results. Such factors could be caffeine intake.|
|Easy to use||Simply place four fingers on the device and take your test. The app is also easy to use. Once installed, you simply open it and select the record button to take the test.|
Cons of Kardia mobile ECG
|Too touchy||This device is too touchy. This means that to get an accurate reading, you have to be perfectly still. Any movement will result in an erroneous EKG.|
|Inaccurate filter||The app’s filter uses an algorithm which is prone to errors. You get results of possible AFib when your heart rate is actually normal. Additionally, the results can come up as unclassified which is not a helpful assessment at all.|
|Expensive ECG analysis services||Getting an analysis from AliveCor will cost you $9 or $19 depending on the service you choose. This is expensive.|
|Lack of continuous monitoring||This is an event monitor. It will record your EKG during an event. However, you cannot monitor your heart while exercising or sleeping.|