Kardia Mobile 6L Review: Extra Leads – More EKG Heart Data

By - Updated May 18, 2021

The Kardia Mobile 6L is the world’s first available 6-lead personal EKG device which is FDA-cleared since May 2019 to detect certain heart rhythms. This is good news.

Kardia Mobile 6L Review: Extra Leads – More EKG Heart Data

Introduction

Today you are going to find out how this can help you to take EKG readings yourself and get an instant result to help you to manage your heart health.

Having the ability to take an EKG heart recording yourself and get an instant result is very appealing to people who want to monitor their EKG heart health. All you need is the Kardia Mobile 6L (also called KardiaMobile 6L) along with a compatible smartphone along with the partner app. This is FDA-cleared to detect Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and Normal rhythm in an EKG.

Kardia Mobile device Review: Know if your EKG is normal instantly

I will assume that you read about Kardia Mobile as Kardia Mobile 6L used Kardia Mobile as its “starting point, so to speak (from a non technical viewpoint anyway)”.

Both these devices work in similar ways except that the Kardia Mobile 6L can also work in “six-lead” mode which captures way more data than the Kardia Mobile device which is a “one-lead” device. This allows more EKG graphs/recordings to be recorded for analysis.

Just so you know I have been using its sister product, the Kardia Mobile device since October 2016. This is a “one-lead” device. Kardia Mobile 6L is a “six-lead” device which became available in May 2019. When I asked my cardiologist about Kardia Mobile 6L working in “six-lead” mode, she said that for me currently that they are happy enough with the data that the Kardia Mobile device provides, and there was no need to purchase a Kardia Mobile 6L as I already have a Kardia Mobile device 🙂

Kardia Mobile 6L is a six lead solution. Other personal mobile EKG solutions out there are one lead solutions including its sister product, the Kardia Mobile device. A six-lead EKG provides a better view of the heart than a single lead EKG which may give health professionals the ability to detect more heart conditions.

What Is Kardia Mobile 6L?

Kardia Mobile 6L is a small device measuring about 9.0 cm x 3.0 cm x 0.72 cm. A credit card measures about 8.6 cm x 5.4 cm x 0.1 cm. So the Kardia Mobile 6L itself is quite small. It has two electrodes on the top and one electrode on the bottom.

How To Use Kardia Mobile 6L?

The user runs the Kardia Mobile 6L partner app on their compatible device (smartphone or tablet) within range of their Kardia Mobile 6L device.

The user places their fingers on each of the two top electrodes and places the bottom electrode on their left knee (or left ankle or right knee or right ankle).

This allows EKG heart data to be captured by the app for a configurable period of time ranging from 30 seconds to a few minutes.

Once the reading is successfully concluded, the app then determines an Instant Result which is then immediately provided to the user. This is FDA-cleared to provide an instant result of Atrial Fibrillation (afib) or Bradycardia (with no afib detected) or Tachycardia (with no afib detected) or Normal rhythm in the captured EKG.

If it is not one of these results, the result is “Unclassified”. Options available to users here are the same options available to users of the Kardia Mobile Device, see How to manage “Unclassified” EKG Instant Results.

With Kardia Mobile 6L with its partner App, you might be lucky enough to capture interesting EKGs/interesting results. You can then share that information (the hard evidence that most medical professionals love) with your professional heart team so that the correct actions are taken. This hopefully has the result of you staying alive for longer because you are getting the correct treatment for your heart.

Pros

Capture EKG recordings almost anytime anywhere

Obtain EKG reading and get an Instant Result based on that EKG reading almost anytime anywhere. No waiting around in medical facilities and no need to book medical appointments. Excellent time saver.

Provides peace of mind when results good

If it detects that the EKG reading is Normal, it displays this result within a few seconds of completing the EKG. In my experience in a hospital setting, when they perform a EKG on me, they never tell me if it is good or otherwise. They keep me guessing. It may very well be the same with you.

Practical trustworthy six-lead mobile solution

FDA-Cleared – FDA Grants First Ever Clearance For Six-Lead Personal EKG Device in May 2019. A six-lead EKG provides a better view of the heart than a single lead EKG which may give health professionals the ability to detect more heart conditions.

Kardia Mobile 6L with its partner App is FDA-cleared to detect the 3 most common heart arrhythmias. These are atrial fibrillation (afib or af), bradycardia & tachycardia. It is also FDA-cleared to detect a normal heart rhythm.

Cons

Remember to bring everywhere

Remember to bring with you when you are on the move. You might want to record an EKG when you are out especially if you are using Kardia Mobile 6L to record “interesting” events. “Interesting” elusive events have a habit of occurring at unexpected places and at unexpected times. Not much point having Kardia Mobile 6L at home when this event happens away from home.

Determine an action plan for how to proceed when results not ideal

In my opinion, you should have an action plan to follow when your results are not ideal. I recommend agreeing an approach with your professional heart health team.

I have been using its sister product, the Kardia Mobile device. And my action plan for the Kardia Mobile device evolved over time based on the results I got. I did not have an action plan before purchase. This article explains how I proceed when instant results are Unclassified. I don’t have an action plan for when the result is Atrial Fibrillation or Bradycardia or Tachycardia because so far I have not got one of these results. Your action plan needs to be tailored for you and may need adjusting over time.

It is not recommended for use with pacemakers or ICDs
The manufacturers of the device do not recommend using Kardia Mobile 6L for people with pacemakers or ICDs because they cannot guarantee the accuracy of the resulting EKG recordings.

Final Thoughts Regarding Kardia Mobile 6L

Kardia Mobile 6L is a good solution especially if you need or want to keep on eye on your heart health yourself. You could show any applicable captured EKG results to your doctor or physician or cardiologist as those captured EKG readings are objective and also can act as hard evidence which is something most medical professionals like to see.

The Kardia Mobile 6L is the world’s first available 6-lead personal EKG device which is FDA-cleared since May 2019 to detect certain heart rhythms.

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