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Heart-EKG uses the iPhone's microphone or CAMERA FLASH to calculate your average heart beats per minute (bpm) by monitoring your heart, and it also calculates your heart rate when you use it to take your pulse.

Exercise and fitness enthusiasts, do you need to be sure your heart has reached its maximum rate during exercise, and do you want to check it again after you finish exercising or while cooling down? Would you also like to test your heart rate before you begin to exercise?

And for you caffeine addicts and chocoholics, what about checking your heart rate after you consume dark roasted coffee or rich chocolaty snacks?

Surich Technologies, Inc. has a handy tool for you and for others who want to monitor their heart rate! Heart-EKG, an application you can install on your iPhone®, lets you measure your average heart beats per minute (bpm) or take your pulse. It is especially handy during aerobic workouts.

When used as an EKG device, it monitors your heart rate for 30 seconds and displays your average bpm. While it is monitoring your heart, a sine wave appears on the screen and optionally, a graph of your heart beats.

When you use Heart-EKG to count your pulse, it calculates your bmp based on the beats you detected during a 10-second countdown.

Heart-EKG takes a set of 3 consecutive measurements. Each set lasts 10 seconds, for a total of 30. It returns your average bpm based on the 3 measurements.

Heart-EKG also saves your measurements to a log file that you can view.

For iPod touch users an external microphone is required.

To use Heart-EKG as an EKG monitor, calculating your average bpm, put it in auto mode on the Settings screen.

To use Heart-EKG to count your pulse, put it in manual mode.

Requires iOS 4.0 and higher.

Note: To function, Heart-EKG must be able to detect a pulse. For best results, try measuring your heart rate in a place with minimal noise.