My Review of AliveCor Kardia Mobile EKG for Heart Palpitations

Tom August  —  February 16, 2017

A few months back, my cousin underwent his second treatment for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). His treatment was relatively successful, but I began to grow worried that my “benign” heart palpitations would evolve into atrial fibrillation since I had read somewhere online that it was a possibility (I’m not sure if that is actually true, but it definitely got me thinking about it, and I wanted a way to track, or at least monitor, my heart palpitations). Atrial fibrillation carries with it a higher risk of stroke, so I thought it would be awesome if there was a cheaper way to get an EKG than going to the doctor. I even thought it would save me some time and money if I just bought a used full scale EKG machine online (heart palpitations make you do crazy things 🙂 ). But once I started doing some research I came across a cool little product called AliveCor. It’s certainly not a full replacement of a 12 node EKG report, but it can detect heart arrhythmias, particularly A-fib.

AliveCor Mobile EKG ECG - Is it worth it?

I bought mine on Amazon and the cost was only $95 (I admit that can be lot of money, at least for me, but compared to a doctor’s visit and a EKG test, it seemed reasonable). I was skeptical at first, but I’ve actually been really impressed at what this little device can do.

AliveCor is a small rectangular device that records ECGs and your heart rate. All you have to do is place your fingers on the little metal pads. It sends the data to a free AliveCor app you download on your smartphone. You can also stick the device on the back of a phone case for easier use, but I actually found it worked best when I set it flat on a table next to the phone. If you did decide to stick the device on your phone case, you can also rest the phone case electrodes on your chest and get a reading that way. Once your ECG/pulse rate is recorded and saved, you can add notes as well as send your recording to your Cardiologist. You can also have a specialist look at your readings as well for a small fee (around $12).

I won’t do a step-by-step review of the product today, but I have included some images below to show you what it looks like. It’s very simple and easy to use, and seems pretty effective. It’s obviously not going to replace a full EKG (yet) and I don’t think it’s necessarily going to detect a heart attack (and of course there is always the risk of false positives as well), but I was really impressed with this little device.

Overall, I think it’s a really great product. It seemed really reliable to me and most of the reviews I read were very positive. If you have heart palpitations or an arrhythmia, I definitely think it’s worth looking into. As I mentioned above, I use it to track my palpitations and make notes on when they occur and why I think they may be happening. I think it’s also helpful to keep a record for your doctor/cardiologist. Remember, they are trying to solve a mystery with limited information. In my opinion, the more information you can give them the better.

So check out AliveCor and let me know what you think!

AliveCor Review for People with Heart Palpitations

AliveCor Review - A-Fib

AliveCor Review - PVCs and PACs and AFib

Have you already tried AliveCor? Is it worth it? Do you find it’s helpful?

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DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind I am NOT a medical professional and this is NOT a Medical website. I am just a guy who got sick and tired of dealing with anxiety, stress, and benign heart palpitations and started blogging about my journey. Hopefully some of that information is helpful to you. But what works for me or others might not work for you. Please do not do ANYTHING described or recommended in this website without the consultation and consent of your Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist. After all, this is your heart we are talking about. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission that goes toward supporting this website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

6 responses to My Review of AliveCor Kardia Mobile EKG for Heart Palpitations

  1. I saw this online as well and it appears to work. I have mild sporadic palpitations but go into tachycardia about every 5-6 years. I had the halter monitor and it was clumsy and I was not hitting the episode button during the night. It was a waste and the cost to insurance was $ 7000. If needed again in the future, I hope I can just use my iPhone with a new system.

    • $7000! Yikes! That’s crazy. I love that technology like this is making medical metrics and data more affordable. It will be fun to see what it’s like in 5 years.

  2. I had one already, but my cardiologist actually recommended it to me and a few other cardiologists in the office, were impressed and said they would start recommending it.

    Background: During my last semester of engineering school I was having rapid tach in the middle of the night almost every night or every other night for a few months, and after exercising. Thought it was svt, ended up being atrial tach (140-150 bpm for a few minutes) (nothing serious), when we cought it on the Kardia and the stress test. Electrolyte (potassium, magnesium) supplements, along with passion flower to help me sleep through the night, sleeping on my right side for a week, some allergy meds to help me breath, and finally working on my stress and anxiety seemed to do the trick. No attacks or palps for a few weeks now.

    Your website helped a lot! Thanks!

    • That’s awesome! I’m so glad you have been palpitation free for a few weeks and that you have found the site helpful! I really appreciate the feedback. That’s great that you were able to catch your atrial tach on the Kardia and Stress test! It’s neat to see such a relatively inexpensive device be so helpful. I really appreciate you sharing your story! Thanks Brandon!

  3. Hi Tom. Glad to see there’s no abnormalities in the reading!

    My questions are: in case the machine registers abnormalities…how are those inform? Does it identify “ventricular ectopics” and “supraventricular” ones?
    Does it count them?
    For how long can it keep recording?

  4. 3rd year of college and anxiety got the best of me, with that, I ended up with really annoying and scary palpaltations. I felt like my cardiologist didn’t help, or recommend anything useful. This site has been so helpful and comforting. I’m going to try a bunch of things, and see where it gets me. Just ordered the Magnesuim supplements.