MediSensor.com, a website of France-based OKALYA Systems, is offering a novel single lead EKG watch that it describes as “the simple and effective solution for heart rhythm abnormalities detection and ambulatory cardiac monitoring.” The single left arm/right arm lead monitoring, that has a somewhat limited diagnostic capabilities (vs a normal 12 lead EKG), will cost you 795€.
The technology details:
ECG recording is simply triggered by placing the right hand onto the watch. Moreover, as a wristwatch, Merlin can be worn permanently without anybody else noticing it, which allows for a full outdoor use.
Merlin solid state digital memory can store up to 15 min. of recordings, and up to 64 recording sessions. Recorded ECG can be downloaded to a PC for display, storage and analysis.
Users can record their ECG as soon as they feel a need for it (palpitations, dizziness), then download the records to their PC, and e-mail the ECG to their cardiologist.
When the Merlin ECG is connected to a PC, users can also monitor their ECG in real time.
The technology might indeed be useful for people with palpitations and those with a history of arrhythmias. Before you buy it, make sure that you talk to your doctor first: we make no claims about this device’s diagnostic capabilities. As far as we can tell, this is not an FDA-approved device.