Invention Turns Smartphones into Heart Monitors

Wow! I am not after the age but after the impact this could have on heart patients and how many lives may be saved now that even 17 year olds are having heart problems

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

David C. Albert is an Oklahoma City-based cardiologist, inventor and the founder of three tech companies. His latest venture, which he started at age 56, sells a product that has caught the attention of many in the health care industry.

The AliveCor System turns a smartphone into a portable, clinical-quality heart monitor. As explained in this recent piece by syndicated columnist Froma Harrop, Albert’s invention allows a user to attach a box to a smartphone, place the phone on his or her chest and send the EKG results to a doctor or cardiac technician via an app. The recipient can review the results in a matter of minutes.

The device may have saved the life of an airline passenger who had discomfort in the middle of a flight. The pilot made an emergency landing after a doctor on board used the AliveCor box and app to determine that the man was having a heart attack.

Harrop reports on AliveCor as part…

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