Use your smartphone to spot a serious heart condition that you (or your pet!) may have

For as little as $75 you can transform your iOS or Android device into a portable ECG machine that you can use at any time to check your heart rhythm and possibly detect a serious cardiac condition.

A smartphone or tablet opens up a world of possibilities. You can take photos, control drones, make payments, and, if you're old-school, make calls and send messages. But here's something truly amazing that you can do with your iOS or Android device, and it'll only cost you as little as $75 - transform your device into a portable ECG heart monitor for you, your family and friends, or even your pet.

The device you need is the AliveCor heart monitor. This, when combined with the FDA-cleared app, can display ECG rhythms as well as being able to differentiate between a normal sinus rhythm and one showing atrial fibrillation (AF). All you do is place your fingers on the pads and the device does the rest.

It's right there that my medical knowledge bottoms out, so if you want to know more, or have questions, I suggest you look at the AliveCor website (which is very extensive), or talk to your doctor. What I can say however is that this is a serious device, not some cheap piece of novelty junk. Not only can it be used to detect AF, but sufferers can use it to monitor their condition.

It works with the iPhone, iPad, and smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and above.

But wait! Remember how I promised you could look after your pet's ticker too? Well, I wasn't kidding. To do that you need the AliveCor Veterinary Heart Monitor, which the company states works for cats, dogs, and horses.

The human ECG device is available in the US, UK, Ireland, India and Australia and costs $75, while the veterinary version is available worldwide and costs $199.

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