Do-it-yourself ECG good for patients with palpitations

Current approach to care does not serve patients with pre-syncope or palpitations well, researchers say

A pocket-sized monitor that takes an ECG can help detect cardiac arrhythmia in patients with palpitations and pre-syncope who get sent home from the ED without a diagnosis, a study shows.

AliveCor monitor with person touching it with 2 fingers from each hand and smartphone showing ECG

Such patients were 10 times more likely to have a serious condition detected if they had the device that wirelessly connects to an app on their smartphone to record heart rhythm events, according to British researchers.

In the trial, 124 patients aged 16 and older