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DIGO Brands AliveCor on Medgadget.

Gene Ostrovsky, Medagadget

AliveCor has announced at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in San Francisco that its iPhone based ECG heart monitor is now available by prescription. Essentially the same device has been given approval for veterinary use on dogs, cats, and horses, and finally now humans can place their front paws on the electrodes for immediate ECG readouts. These can be sent to a physician, printed out and stored for further reference.

The AliveCor costs a reasonable $199 and is compatible with 4 and 4S iPhones. The company is expecting to have an iPhone 5 compatible version of the device ready by the second quarter of this year, which requires a separate approval from the FDA.

Read the full release here.