Diagnosing heart conditions with your smart phone may only be a few years away, thanks to a Simon Fraser University student working out of France.
Doctoral student Alexandre Laurin says he’s helping a research team at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris build an app to record vibrations of the chest cavity.
“It’s the same technology that your phone can, say, if you’re holding it vertically or horizontally, and you can use your phone as a step meter, and you can use your phone to know how fast you’re skiing.”
The team uses that technology to compare regular chest vibrations to vibrations that occur when a person is experiencing a serious heart condition.
While Laurin says the app won’t be able to diagnose heart attacks, it should help diagnose conditions like swelling around the heart.