Is the Welbean Heartscope a Star Trek medical tricorder for your ticker?

I remember watching episodes of Star Trek when I was a kid and wishing I had a tricorder or a communications badge.
Those types of gadgets aren’t sci-fi anymore. We already have small communicators in our pockets that can call people anywhere in the world as well as so many other things. We also have wearable fitness gear that can track our steps, our heart rate, and sleep. But a true wireless medical tricorder that can scan for medical problems is still out of the reach of regular consumers. Or is it?

Take a look at the Welbean Heartscope. This small disk has been designed to scan your heart contractility, motility, and heart rate without needing to attach electrical leads to your chest. After 30 seconds the mobile app will provide insights into your heart health and how your actions and exercise effect your most important organ.

Welbean Heartscope provides much more information about your heart than EKG can do. Your heart is essentially a muscular pump that never stops. While EKG only reflect the electrical aspect of heart nerves, Welbean focuses on measuring and analyzing your heart’s physical activities and charismatic movement patterns, which reflects all aspects of heart tissues including muscle, nerve, valve, and membranes.

Right now the Welbean Heartscope is only compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. You can read more about it at welbean.com and you can buy one for $159 from Amazon.

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6 thoughts on “Is the Welbean Heartscope a Star Trek medical tricorder for your ticker?”

      1. Wow. Their website is a study in how to never claim anything. They use the phrase “may help” in almost every paragraph.

        1. I think that’s typical for these types of products or any medical product for that matter. They can’t claim that it will prevent heart disease because there are too many factors that go hand in hand to direct a person’s health.

        2. It’s a “a medical quality health and wellness product”, not a medical device, so probably no FDA testing for efficacy. They talk more about the app than about how the thing works. Plus they say that “it doesn’t have the radio wave harms that other devices or wearables might have to your body” – what the heck does that mean? Makes me skeptical.

          1. Oh dear. I hope it doesn’t cause autism as well? I’m still not sure what the purpose of it is. If it’s not an FDA medical device what physician would care what results it returns?

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