Mayo Testing Kardia Mobile To Detect Irregular Heartbeats Using SmartPhones

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“Bob Hauser is fun at dinner parties. He entertains, he tells old stories, and occasionally the retired cardiologist will diagnose a friend’s atrial fibrillation right there at the dinner table. It’s happened more than once.

Hauser, who is retired from regular practice at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, has been using a wireless, consumer-oriented device called the Kardia Mobile [by AliveCor] to test his friends when they complain about unsettling sensations in their chest like a racing heart beat or palpitations. He has used the smartphone-enabled device to detect quivering or potentially dangerous fibrillation in several acquaintances who went on to get care from their regular doctors.”

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