AFib

By Laura Lovett July 10, 2018
A take-home wearable ECG could be key in detecting undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute used the iRhythm Zio patch, an ECG screening wearable, to monitor patients with a risk for the condition.  Researchers discovered that patients who immediately began monitoring were significantly more likely to...
By Laura Lovett May 7, 2018
Sleep management company Itamar Medical has just launched SleePath, a digital sleep apnea management tool that helps cardiologists monitor patients with atrial fibrillation. The platform allows doctors to check their patients’ sleep apnea management status and compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.  “Itamar Medical is committed to innovating technologies that allow...
By Dave Muoio March 16, 2018
A smartphone app developed the University of Turku, Finland, detected Turku University Hospital patients’ atrial fibrillation with 96 percent accuracy, without the need for additional phone attachments, according to a study recently published in the journal Circulation. “If everyone can measure with an ordinary smart phone whether they have atrial fibrillation, we have the possibility to direct...
By Dave Muoio March 13, 2018
Patients at increased risk for atrial fibrillation wearing iRhythm’s Zio patch — a  continuous ECG monitoring wearable — were more likely to have their atrial fibrillation diagnosed early and receive subsequent preventive care, according to one-year results from a late-breaking study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting.  The mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
The Apple Heart Study, an Apple Watch-based ResearchKit study using the heart rate sensor to look at potential arrhythmias, is launching today, the Cupertino tech giant told MobiHealthNews. Apple Chief Operations Officer Jeff Williams announced the study, which is being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and with assistance from American Well, at Apple’s iOS 8 launch event in...
By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2017
AliveCor, makers of the Kardia Mobile smartphone-connected ECG, announced the results of several major studies of the technology, including one that was published online today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. The studies show the effectiveness of the technology in discovering atrial fibrillation that might otherwise have gone undetected, as well as its ease of use. "...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
Cardiogram, a startup seeking to make the sensor data from the Apple Watch more useful for the average watch user, and, eventually, useful in a clinical context, has raised $2 million in a round led by Andressen Horowitz's new bio fund, led by Vijay Pande. A number of angel investors also contributed: Homebrew (Satya Patel, VP Product of Twitter and Hunter Walk, Director of Product for YouTube),...
By Jonah Comstock September 10, 2015
It's been almost a year since AliveCor began offering its first FDA-cleared algorithm, its atrial fibrillation detection algorithm, to customers. Now the company has released some data on how customers are using the algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation. According to AliveCor, 30 percent of AliveCor users have received a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation through the algorithm. More than half of...
By Neil Versel June 13, 2012
We are getting closer to the day when a smartphone app can detect atrial fibrillation in patients at high risk of a stroke or heart failure. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for 510(k) approval of an Android app that can pick up subtle changes in skin color by scanning blood vessels, thanks to an...