Heart for Heart e-health launch to benefit arrhythmia research
Arrhythmia Alliance, in collaboration with Happitech and Bug Labs, have launched the Heart for Heart e-health initiative where people can contribute their heart rhythm data using the free Heart for Heart iPhone app.
It is possible to detect heart rhythm disorders just using your smartphone camera. By placing your finger on the camera, the Happitech algorithms can detect even the smallest variations in your heartbeat. The underlying validated heart rate technology is currently being used by health and coaching companies in the areas of stress, life expectancy, fitness and mindfulness.
These data will help advance research into arrhythmias by improving the differentiation between atrial fibrillation and a regular heartbeat rhythm. Heart for Heart gives the users full control of the data they want to share and keeps it anonymized, aggregated and untraceable. The App also contains an information module about the symptoms, causes and treatment options of AF.
Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance and the AF Association said that, “More than a third of those with AF are completely unaware that they have this condition”. She added, “Why should patients live in fear of an AF-related stroke, heart failure, or worse when they have the solution to help detect AF literally at their fingertips?”.
Dr Robert Riezebos said, “The Heart for Heart initiative will speed up the development of reliable heart rhythm analysis using only a smartphone. For patients to be able to diagnose a rhythm disorder, 24/7, anywhere in the world, without extra hardware and being able to communicate the raw data with their physician would be a huge step forward. However, the smartphone method should be robust and reliable in order to minimize false positive and -negative results. When the technique proves to be successful, it will alter the way we work as cardiologists.”
Heart for Heart App is free to download from the Apple Appstore at www.Appstore.com/HeartforHeart
For more information on Arrhythmia Alliance and World Heart Rhythm Week go to www.heartrhythmweek.org