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Smartphone Acts as Heart Monitor

A Fitbit tracks your steps, an app counts your calories, and now a smartphone can monitor your heart rate. A newly FDA-approved tool is transforming the way doctors and patients are taking on healthcare and helping one man fight AFib.

Seventy-year-old Tom Cooney is always on the go.

“Yeah I do a lot of traveling. Thousands of miles sometimes a week,” Cooney said.

Even when he was diagnosed with AFib, a condition where patients have an irregular heartbeat, he didn’t want to let that slow him down. So when his doctor showed him a device that combines a smartphone case wired with electrodes, and an app that can let Cooney monitor his own heart rhythm, he was in.

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