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Roo is getting her heart checked. Heart disease is a concern for large breed dogs. And Dr. Cal Williams of Pyramid Veterinarian Hospital is using his iPhone to do Roo's EKG.

"We're just going to hit this button. It's going to say AliveCore and we'll put it on her chest. And there you go."

Instantly, a conduction pattern pops up on his iPhone screen. 

"In dogs we don't have to worry about heart attacks like we do in people. So that's very rare so most of the time we're just looking for arrhythmias. So we just need a rhythm strip."

Dr. Williams bought a iPhone case with the two conductor strips on the back. It cost just a few hundred dollars. It then works with the livecore app which was free. This app was first designed for humans. Veterinarians realized it could be utilized on animals as well.

"Which indicates cardiomyopathy which indicates disease in the heart rhythms itself."

Caught early, and drugs are now proven to significantly extend the dog's life with this condition. 

And compare an iPhone 4 with this traditional EKG machine.

"It's pretty darn accurate because I get a lot less artifact.  Ya, it's pretty cool."

Five minutes later, Roo receives a clean bill of health.

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