Coala Heart Monitor – The Swedish Response To The ECG Revolution

It has never been easier to measure ECG and monitor heart health at home. New pocket-sized gadgets, chest straps, even specialized earbuds promise accurate measurements during sports activity, cooking or watching TV at home. AliveCor’s Kardia, MocaCare, Skeeper, just to name a few digital devices The Medical Futurist already reviewed. Recently, a Swedish company sent me their version and I eagerly tested it. Let’s see what the Coala Heart Monitor can offer. The ECG Revolution A real revolution started in cardiology: miniaturized and patient-friendly designs of ECG monitors, single- and multi-channel ECGs arrive on the digital health market almost every day. Can you imagine that the first „electrocardiogram”, as a matter of fact, a kind of string galvanometer with very high sensitivity built by Dutch physician, Willem Einthoven, was 600 pounds heavy and five people had to be in place to conduct the examination? Later, Frank Sanborn’s company produced the first portable version of the electrocardiogram in 1928. It weighed 50 pounds and a 6-volt automobile battery powered it. And what are we seeing today? More than a thousand Alivecor’s KardiaMobile ECG device would make up the weight of the first portable ECG machine. 1255 to be exact. There was even a miniaturization of the various versions of Alivecor devices! For example, the first version of their FDA-approved, medical-grade ECG recorder only works on the iPhone 5; the next generation was...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health ecg future Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine review technology Source Type: blogs

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Source: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiovasc J Afr Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and a major risk factor for cardiovascular complications. Our study aimed to investigate the prevalence, risk factors, demographics, co-morbidities and treatment of AF among in-hospital Bulgarian patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study including 1027 consecutive patients (n = 516, 50.2% males) with a mean age of 67.6 ± 11.3 years, hospitalized for any reason from 1 May until 31 December 2016 in one of the largest internal clinics in Bulgaria, was carried out. RESULTS: Atrial fibril...
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research
Conclusions: Long-term exposure to NO2 and road traffic noise was associated with higher risk of heart failure, mainly among men, in both single- and two-pollutant models. High exposure to both pollutants was associated with highest risk. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1272 Received: 25 October 2016 Revised: 09 August 2017 Accepted: 09 August 2017 Published: 26 September 2017 Address correspondence to M. Sørensen. Diet, Genes and Environment, Danish Cancer Society, Strandboulevarden 49, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Telephone: +45 35257626. Email: mettes@cancer.dk Supplemental Material is available online (https://doi...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
(Reuters) – Atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that’s already linked to an increased risk of stroke, may also be tied to higher risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and sudden death, according to a new research review. “It was particularly noteworthy that the relative and absolute risk increase for heart failure was the highest among all outcomes examined, even higher than the risk of stroke, said lead author Ayodele Odutayo, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford in the U.K. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart flutter or beat irregularly. Somet...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiovascular American Heart Assn. Source Type: news
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Source: Korean Circulation Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Korean Circ J Source Type: research
Conclusions Data from observational studies suggests a possible association between prolonged PR interval and significant increases in atrial fibrillation, heart failure and mortality. Future prospective studies are needed to confirm the relationships reported, consider possible mechanisms and define the optimal monitoring strategy for such patients.
Source: Heart - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Bradyarrhythmias and heart block, Drugs: cardiovascular system, Acute coronary syndromes, Epidemiology Arrhythmias and sudden death Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Source Type: blogs
Conclusions The risk of developing ischemic stroke was almost 11 times higher in young patients with CHD than in the general population, although absolute risk is low. Cardiovascular comorbidities were strongly associated with the development of ischemic stroke in young CHD patients.
Source: JAHA:Journal of the American Heart Association - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Epidemiology, Congenital Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology MCQ DM / DNB Cardiology Entrance Featured Source Type: blogs
Aims The aim of this study was to observe the percentage of thromboembolic and haemorrhagic events over a 2-year follow-up in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) with an occlusion device. Observed events and CHADS2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age, diabetes, stroke history), CHA2DS2-VASc (also adding: vascular disease and sex) and HAS-BLED (hypertension, abnormal liver/renal function, stroke history, bleeding predisposition, labile international normalised ratios, elderly, drugs/alcohol use)-predicted events were compared. Methods LAA clos...
Source: Heart - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Congenital heart disease in adult patients, Editor's choice, Drugs: cardiovascular system, Heart failure, Hypertension, Epidemiology Arrhythmias and sudden death Source Type: research
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