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[Costco] [Costco.ca] KardiaMobile 1-Lead Personal ECG + Free Case $79.99 Reg. $99.99 Online Only

KardiaMobile - Personal ECG with Carry Pod
Item 1488273 Model AC-009-UA-CND
$20 OFF
Valid for orders placed 06/27/22 to 07/31/22.

BONUS Free Case ("Carry Pod") from Costco.ca ($39 Value)
https://www.amazon.ca/Alivecor%C2%AE-Ca ... B076BC1YTJ

Features:
Capture heart rhythm issues in real time
No wires. Easy to use finger sensors, get results on smartphone in 30 seconds
Detects AFib, bradycardia, and tachycardia or normal heart rhythm
Send ECGs to your doctor, or store them on your phone. No subscription required
Carry pod included. Safely take your device wherever you go.

Product $99.99
Less $20.00
Price $79.99

Amazon.ca link for reviews, but they're out-of-stock for some reason:
https://www.amazon.ca/Alivecor-AL-KARDI ... B01A4W8AUK

There's also the 6-lead version that might possibly go on sale again. It was on-sale for $129.99.
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RQW6SD5/
That deal thread: amazon-ca-kardiamobile-ekg-heart-monito ... 9-2545911/

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My mom is in her 80s and has one of these and it has worked extremely well for several years. She uses the app on her iPad to make things easier to read. It runs on a 2016 button cell battery which lasts about 12 months.

The free case is a nice bonus, be aware that this device is incredibly tiny and easy to misplace.
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Reports (.pdf) are included in the APP (free) that can be downloaded or e-mailed to self/others. There's the premium service that they'll naturally want people to get, but most people don't need it. Ignore the comments that say it's not available for Canadians. It's available but there are some items that aren't available for Canadians in the paid service, such as a quarterly cardiologist report I believe. If someone had serious heart conditions and wanted the premium service, perhaps they could use a U.S. address to obtain that quarterly report too, if they want the paid service. Again, most don't need it.

You can also link with Omron devices for blood pressure readings. It just stores them for each day, but I don't think it does anything more than that. You can do the Omron transfers directly in the Kardia APP without the need to use the Omron APP. You can even link with Google Fit.
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So this is only an ECG and not a blood pressure monitor ?
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stephroll wrote: So this is only an ECG and not a blood pressure monitor ?
Correct. Think any BP readings from a finger would be rather unreliable :)
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What’s the difference between these readings and the ones from Apple Watch? Are these very accurate?
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Richfields wrote: Correct. Think any BP readings from a finger would be rather unreliable :)
Not true. Smart watches using pulses of light to measure blood flow to determine BP. I’ve held the sensor on my finger and gave comparable reading as on the wrist. But yeah this device not designed for BP
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Elleniscool wrote: What’s the difference between these readings and the ones from Apple Watch? Are these very accurate?
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stephroll wrote: So this is only an ECG and not a blood pressure monitor?
ECG only (and heartrate), but the APP for it can link to a separate Omron blood pressure device to pull readings from it.
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eelw11 wrote: Not true. Smart watches using pulses of light to measure blood flow to determine BP. I’ve held the sensor on my finger and gave comparable reading as on the wrist. But yeah this device not designed for BP
Vessels in the wrist are far larger than those in the fingers, so I wouldn't necessarily view them as comparable, but it is interesting to know that your experiences showed similar results.
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Richfields wrote: Vessels in the wrist are far larger than those in the fingers, so I wouldn't necessarily view them as comparable, but it is interesting to know that your experiences showed similar results.
Smartwatches typically use PPG, which measures the reflective property of blood flow to estimate heart rate. Whereas this device is a single lead ECG which measures the electrical activity propagating from the heart, nothing to do with vessels. Both methods can be used to estimate blood pressure based on pulse transit time, but they're just estimates and definitely not as accurate as a dedicated pressure monitor.
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RxMills wrote: There's also the 6-lead version
I am confused about this "6-lead" version. It has only 3 leads but the description states "KardiaMobile 6L has three electrodes—two on the top for your fingers, and one on the bottom to contact the skin of your left leg and instantly record a six-lead EKG."

2 + 1 = 6? How does it work? I had an ECG way long time ago but I think they used more than 3 electrodes. I think each leg and arm had one, plus one on the chest. That still makes it five but I don't remember better. I wonder if that 6-lead version is actually worth it and provides any additional info compared to the 2-lead one.
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alpovs wrote: I am confused about this "6-lead" version. It has only 3 leads but the description states "KardiaMobile 6L has three electrodes—two on the top for your fingers, and one on the bottom to contact the skin of your left leg and instantly record a six-lead EKG."

2 + 1 = 6? How does it work? I had an ECG way long time ago but I think they used more than 3 electrodes. I think each leg and arm had one, plus one on the chest. That still makes it five but I don't remember better. I wonder if that 6-lead version is actually worth it and provides any additional info compared to the 2-lead one.
I took a look at the manual and it was explained as:
KardiaMobile 6L is capable of recording two EKG types:
a. A Single-Lead EKG: provides a single view of the heart’s electrical activity (EKG
taken with top two electrodes)
b. A Six-Lead EKG: provides six views of the heart’s electrical activity (EKG taken
using all three electrodes).
I also check out the quick setup guide:
Six - Lead EKGs are taken one of two ways:

By holding the 6L so that your thumbs are on the top two electrodes and the bottom electrode is placed on your left knee.
By holding the 6L so that your thumbs are on the top two electrodes and the bottom electrode is placed on your left ankle.
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blitz wrote: I took a look at the manual and it was explained as:
I also check out the quick setup guide:
It looks like a "lead" in this case is a medical slang for types of measurements and not an actual electrical contact point. They also call them "augmented leads", and they are calculated.
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alpovs wrote: I am confused about this "6-lead" version. It has only 3 leads but the description states "KardiaMobile 6L has three electrodes—two on the top for your fingers, and one on the bottom to contact the skin of your left leg and instantly record a six-lead EKG."
I'm still learning about the technology, but I think it's something to do with electrical responses at different directional angles representing different sides (inlets/outlets) of the heart. Here's a complete guess for the "6-lead" version: There's L (left) & R (right) fingers on top, and B (bottom) on the bottom touching one's left leg or ankle. So, the combinations are LR, LB, RL, RB, BL, BR directional angles - therefore a 6-lead measuring device showing 6 different heart angles. There are some online videos and sites that describe it in more detail but they often go into too much detail that it makes it very difficult for non-medical persons.
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RxMills wrote: I'm not the right person to answer that, because I'm still learning about the technology, but I think it's something to do with electrical responses at different directional angles representing different sides (inlets/outlets) of the heart. Here's a complete guesss: There's L (left) & R (right) fingers on top, and B (bottom) on the bottom touching one's left leg or ankle. So, the combinations are LR, LB, RL, RB, BL, BR directional angles - therefore a 6-lead measuring device showing 6 different heart angles. There are some online videos and sites that describe it in more detail but they often go into too much detail that it makes it very difficult for non-medical persons.
I think you are correct: https://ecg.utah.edu/lesson/1
The terminology is just confusing for uninitiated.
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Just a side-note on the pricing for the 1-lead and 6-lead versions. The 1-lead version is currently US$79 on Amazon.com so CAD$79 from Costco.ca is a good price. Plus, with Costco's $79 deal, you're getting the free case ("carry pod") which is priced at $39 on Amazon.ca.

The Canadian price of the 6-lead version (CAD$199) is currently out of alignment with the new U.S. price of US$99 (est. CAD$130, and the recent sale price up here). My guess is there will be another sale on the 6-lead version in the future in Canada or the U.S. price will go back to the old price of US$149.

I wouldn't worry too much about being sure that you're using a "supported phone" for the APP. They can't be expected to test the APP and device on all possible phones. You're buying from Costco. If the APP doesn't work as expected on your phone just return the device to you local store for a complete refund. My device wasn't on the list and it all works perfectly.

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RxMills wrote: Just a side-note on the pricing for the 1-lead and 6-lead versions. The 1-lead version is currently US$79 on Amazon.com so CAD$79 from Costco.ca is a good price. Plus, with Costco's $79 deal, you're getting the free case ("carry pod") which is priced at $39 on Amazon.ca.

The Canadian price of the 6-lead version (CAD$199) is currently out of alignment with the new U.S. price of US$99 (est. CAD$130, and the recent sale price up here). My guess is there will be another sale on the 6-lead version in the future in Canada or the U.S. price will go back to the old price of US$149.

I wouldn't worry too much about being sure that you're using a "supported phone" for the APP. They can't be expected to test the APP and device on all possible phones. You're buying from Costco. If the APP doesn't work as expected on your phone just return the device to you local store for a complete refund. My device wasn't on the list and it all works perfectly.

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Few Questions in my mind are - "Is the 6 lead version worth the extra investment?"

Also, "Are these products worth buying for an average person or just for people with known heart conditions?"

Anyone who has an insight on these, please feel free to chime in.
Thanks in advance.

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rogersvictim2015 wrote: Also, "Are these products worth buying for an average person or just for people with known heart conditions?"
I got my single lead for $3 at one of those pop up Amazon pallet return warehouses. So I’m happy with my purchase even though I don’t have any heart issues. Been only able to catch the occasional missed beat since the incident is so uncommon that by the time you grab the device and open the app, heart rhythm back to normal. So unless you can get it cheap, unnecessary for average person.

Others with actual heart issues can chime in on their experience with the device.
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I work in the healthcare field.

This device (2 lead version) is useful in certain situations only, definitely won't replace a proper ECG with a human MD reading the report. I have no experience with the 6 lead version.

I've seen it used in patients with paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial fibrillation, and when they have symptoms, they can do a quick reading to see what their heart rhythm looks like.
Some MDs (GPs, specialist) will allow their patients to email them a pdf copy of the 2 lead tracing for them to review. Some of the newer smart watches can also capture a ECG to pdf.

Probably the most useful purpose is for the middle/older aged patient who has frequent palpitations (due to stress, lack of sleep, too much coffee or booze) and their ECG/ holter monitor shows PVCs (early heart beats), and all other heart tests are normal (echo, stress test, blood work etc). With this kind of device, they can quickly recognize that they are having PVCs only and they at least have some peace of mind that they don't have to rush to the ER every time they have symptoms. But this would only be useful after they have done a thorough workup with a MD to ensure they don't have any other medical condition as a cause.

I'm sure there will be other health care professionals with a different opinion than mine, so as always with these kinds of home devices, especially when it comes to heart conditions, it's always use at your own risk. So if you have symptoms or risks for heart disease, then it's best to consult an MD before you buy one to use regularly.

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