Cardiovascular disease has become the number one killer of men and women in America today. An increase in patients with high blood pressure, hypertension, heart palpitations and more have led to concern in heart rate monitoring. Most patients with heart disease are not aware that their condition can be controlled by diet and monitoring. With the constant rise in cardiovascular disease, patients as well as doctors and health professionals seek more education and understanding of heart and health status. With the latest innovative science, AliveCor allows patients with diagnosed heart conditions, medical doctors, and health conscious users to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) whenever and wherever need be. ECG’s are used to determine the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. With AliveCor, users can immediately tell whether their ECG is adequate or if atrial fibrillation is detected. Atrial fibrillation is a leading factor in the cause of stroke and one of the most common heart rhythm disturbances. According to AliveCor.com, two out of three strokes can be prevented if detected and treated, making AliveCor an excellent candidate in saving lives.
AliveCor helps to relieve anxiety and stress from those who worry about their cardiovascular disease or health status. AliveCor’s FDA-cleared Normal Detector can tell you in as little as thirty seconds if your heart rhythm is normal or not. To use the device, rest your fingers on the sensory panel or lay the device on your chest while the AliveECG app on your mobile phone records an accurate reading. Using the AliveECG app, users can track and monitor symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, alcohol and caffeine consumption as well as daily exercise and sleep. AliveCor makes it easy to manage heart health by allowing users to access past records and enter new data daily in order to further understand their health condition. Using e-mail, PDFs, and the Provider Dashboard, patients can simply send or share their logged data with their doctor at their next appointment or on the go. This is an extremely useful tool for patients and doctors expressing increased concern about their or their patients condition.
AliveCor makes ECG monitoring accessible to everyone by offering reimbursement for reports conducted at the bedside or in office. This way, if doctors suspect arrhythmia in their patients, they can use AliveCor at their bedside to monitor atrial fibrillation cost-free. Doctors can purchase AliveCor to use in their own practice for accurate readings and to monitor their patients. The AliveECG promotes not only heart health, but over health and wellness. AliveECG can be used as a dietary journal to track food consumed. This feature can alert users and doctors as to what could be causing heart disturbance in their diet. Users can also enter journal notes about how they are feeling and any activities they have done throughout the day. Since nutrition is a significant impact to cardiovascular disease, patients can monitor and control their diet to eat better for their specific condition. Avoiding foods with high amounts of sodium, alcohol, and caffeine can help to reduce risk of heart disease. Patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or at high risk should also consume sources of heart healthy fats like fish, olive oil, nuts and avocado.
AliveCor is an extremely useful and helpful invention for health care today. With the rising of cardiovascular diseases, this device and mobile app make it efficient for people of concern to reduce their chances of experiencing heart attack or stroke by being able to quickly access information about their heart health.
** Please note that Real Dietitian is a semi-finalist in the American Heart Association’s innovation forum. This forum will bring health care leaders nationwide to discuss and collaborate on ideas that will increase knowledge and understanding on how to treat cardiovascular disease. The event will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Morgan MFG Innovation Lab. For more details please see: http://www.heartinnovationforum.org **
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