The Kardia Mobile 6L is the world’s first available 6-lead personal EKG device which is FDA-cleared since May 2019 to detect certain heart rhythms. This is good news in 2020.
Today in 2020 you are going to find out how this can help you to take EKG readings yourself and get an instant result to help you to manage your heart health.
Having the ability to take an EKG heart recording yourself and get an instant result is very appealing to people who want to monitor their EKG heart health. All you need is the Kardia Mobile 6L (also called KardiaMobile 6L) along with a compatible smartphone along with the partner app. This is FDA-cleared to detect Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and Normal rhythm in an EKG.
I will assume that you read about Kardia Mobile as Kardia Mobile 6L used Kardia Mobile as its “starting point, so to speak (from a non technical viewpoint anyway)”. Both these devices work in similar ways except that the Kardia Mobile 6L can also work in “six-lead” mode which captures way more data than the Kardia Mobile device which is a “one-lead” device. This allows more EKG graphs/recordings to be recorded for analysis.
So let’s get started.
1. What is Kardia Mobile 6L?
Kardia Mobile 6L is a small device measuring about 9.0 cm x 3.0 cm x 0.72 cm. A credit card measures about 8.6 cm x 5.4 cm x 0.1 cm. So the Kardia Mobile 6L itself is quite small. It has two electrodes on the top and one electrode on the bottom.
2. How to use Kardia Mobile 6L?
The user runs the Kardia Mobile 6L partner app on their compatible device (smartphone or tablet) within range of their Kardia Mobile 6L device.
The user places their fingers on each of the two top electrodes and places the bottom electrode on their left knee (or left ankle or right knee or right ankle).
This allows EKG heart data to be captured by the app for a configurable period of time ranging from 30 seconds to a few minutes.
Once the reading is successfully concluded, the app then determines an Instant Result which is then immediately provided to the user. This is FDA-cleared to provide an instant result of Atrial Fibrillation (afib) or Bradycardia (with no afib detected) or Tachycardia (with no afib detected) or Normal rhythm in the captured EKG.
If it is not one of these results, the result is “Unclassified”. Options available to users here are the same options available to users of the Kardia Mobile Device, see How to manage “Unclassified” EKG Instant Results.
With Kardia Mobile 6L with its partner App, you might be lucky enough to capture interesting EKGs/interesting results. You can then share that information (the hard evidence that most medical professionals love) with your professional heart team so that the correct actions are taken. This hopefully has the result of you staying alive for longer because you are getting the correct treatment for your heart.
3. Is Kardia Mobile 6L Worth The Price?
Yes, Kardia Mobile 6L is worth the price. This is for the following reasons:
- AliveCor, the company that developed Kardia Mobile 6L have been getting FDA-clearance for years in this field of capturing EKGs and providing instant analysis of those captured EKGs.
- Kardia Mobile 6L is a six lead solution. Other personal mobile EKG solutions out there are one lead solutions. A six-lead EKG provides a better view of the heart than a single lead EKG which may give health professionals the ability to detect more heart conditions.
4. Pros of Kardia Mobile 6L
- FDA-Cleared – FDA Grants First Ever Clearance For Six-Lead Personal ECG Device in May 2019
This is FDA-cleared to provide an instant result of Atrial Fibrillation (afib) or Bradycardia (with no afib detected) or Tachycardia (with no afib detected) or Normal rhythm in the captured EKG.
- Six-lead EKG solution
A six-lead EKG provides a better view of the heart than a single lead EKG which may give health professionals the ability to detect more heart conditions.
- Trusted by doctors
- Easy to use
- Capture EKG recording anywhere anytime
- Works with most modern smartphones and tablets
5. Cons of Kardia Mobile 6L
- Remember to bring with you when you are on the move
You might want to record an EKG when you are out especially if you are using Kardia Mobile 6L to record “interesting” events. “Interesting” elusive events have a habit of occurring at unexpected places and at unexpected times in my experience. Not much point having Kardia Mobile 6L at home when this event happens away from home.
- Work out a plan for how to proceed when instant results are Unclassified
I recommend agreeing an approach with your professional heart health team.
6. Final Thoughts regarding Kardia Mobile 6L
This is a good solution especially if you need or want to keep on eye on your heart health yourself. You could show any applicable captured EKG results to your doctor or physician or cardiologist as those captured EKG readings are objective and also can act as hard evidence which is something most medical professionals like to see.