My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.
My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!
I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.
But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.
So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.
So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.
Two ECG traces — one from SplenCare other from KardiaMobile.
Notice, they look very much alike. That is GOOD.
OK, I am lucky enough to be able to have BOTH, the $99 AliveCor KardiaMobile & the $79 SplendCare unit.
As you can see from the two plots above the readings I got from the two, despite the $20 price difference, is very much the same.
Given that equivalence, I have to say that I prefer the less expensive SplendCare unit more, and it would be the one that I recommend.
What is my main reason. Bluntly put, much less hassle. SplendCare, with its cute, built-in screen, is a standalone unit. Take it out of the box, charge it and BANG you get a reading. You don’t have to download an APP, register, wait for a doctor to do the first reading etc. That is way cool. Plus, unlike the KardiaMobile it is not obnoxious. With the ‘Kardia’ it is always ’10 questions’ before you can get started. Not so with the SplendCare. Pleasure to use.
Yes, I did install the Windows APP. Easy enough. And downloading the ECG readings via USB was a piece of cake. So, that is the key theme …. easy, easy, easy. I liked it.
If you need a ECG unit get the SplendCare for $79. Money well spent.
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This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!
IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.
Great idea. Poor execution.
I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.
I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.
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So, two different ECGs. The top one is mine, the bottom one isn’t. Both were APPROVED by the so called AliveCor board-certified cardiologist. The bottom one looked wrong to I — and I am by no means an ECG expert. The spikes are going down when I am used to seeing them going up. But, AliveCor said it was OK.
So, what did I do?
What any sensible person would do. I turned to Twitter! When I posted yesterday’s post on Twitter a number of ‘doctors’, to my amazement, responded. So, I asked them. Glad I did. Appears that the KardiMobile has a right and wrong orientation. I guess the name ‘Kardia’ (and the upside down ‘V’) should be such that you can read it — the right way up. Wow. Simple as that. So, the reading was correct. ECG is correct — just upside down.
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I got it yesterday, Saturday, and only managed to try it out at 1:54am the next day. Yes, nearly 2am on Sunday. This is normal for I — and as you can see from 60bpm heart rate I do good at night.
AliveCor insists that the first ECG has to be APPROVED by a Board Certified cardiologists BEFORE you can see it. Seems like an unreasonable imposition to I. But, no way you can get around it. They say that the turn-around will be within 24-hours.
Mine was approved when I checked my e-mail at ~9am in the morning. So, that was pretty good. Looks like I will live through at least this coming week.
Don’t know it is right or accurate. The heart rate was spot on SINCE I had my Garmin Fenix 5 on — and also checked my blood pressure with a cuff. Both of them also said 60 bpm, which is fairly average for I if I am sitting down doing nothing. So, at least that part is correct.
The ‘Kardi’ APP is kind of obnoxious. Won’t let you take screenshots BUT you can e-mail your ECG. So, I just e-mail myself each ECG. They arrive as PDF. Once I have the PDF I can do whatever.
I don’t see the need for the $10/month PREMIUM option. Just e-mail the ECGs to yourself.
It does NOT require Bluetooth or PAIRING. It works via an ultrasound signal picked up by our phones microphone. So, that is easy enough.
Yes, you can let others use it. I already did. No problem.
I am NOT attaching it to my phone. That is stupid. I am storing it in the rather nice box it came in. That works. That is the blue packaging you see in the pictures.
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One of the articles I read about the ECG feature on the newly announced Apple Watch Series 4 mentioned this ‘Alivecor‘ device — BUT said it was only compatible with iPhones. I think they also alluded that Apple might have got their ECG technology from Alivecor.
So, this morning I did some digging around. The first thing I discovered, to my delight, was that it had some Android capability and listed the Google Pixel with Android 8. Well, I have a Google Pixel 2 with Android 9, but I knew that I was going to be OK. Well, the APP, ‘Kardia‘, downloaded and installed, no problem. I even have an account set up.
Well, $99 is a CHEAP price to pay for an ECG monitor, especially if you are labelled as ‘heart attack waiting to happen‘. The last time I was taken to ER with a suspected heart attack, I ended up coughing up around $600 and all that was wrong with me was but a broken rib above my heart from falling on my shovel while shoveling snow — and that had been 2 weeks previously. Waste of money. Well, when I started to order it, Amazon told me I had $64.76 in AMAZON REWARD POINTS and $18.65 on a Gift Card (most likely because I had complained about anorder that got screwed up). It was going to cost me a GRAND TOTAL of $15.59.
$15.59 to overcome my Apple Watch 4 Envy — and I didn’t have to get an iPhone. Too good to be true.
I should have it Saturday. It should be interesting. Actually, I am DREADING it. My heart is pretty dicky. So, this thing can force me to start seeing a cardiologist on a daily basis. Hhhhmmm.
I will, of course, tell you what I think and find. Keep your fingers crossed for I. Thanks.