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AliveCor's six-lead consumer ECG device gains FDA clearance

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May 27, 2019
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The traditional 12-lead ECG machine (gold standard for medical use) is unfortunately bulky, with a dozen wires and needing conductive gels to measure the heart's electrical signal. Apple's smartwatch looked to combat this inconvenience by offering a single-lead ECG device in an everyday form factor. However, the device still suffers from a high false positive rate. AliveCor's latest offering features a six-lead ECG device, striking a balance between a 12-lead and a single-lead ECG device. The device allows users to capture ECG data from knees or ankles, unlike a smartwatch. Real-world data is still necessary to validate AliveCor's claim for clinical use, but AliveCor's focus on more biological data points is a step in the right direction. 

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