seconds someone dies from heart disease in the U.S, according to the American
And cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the
a better understanding of your heart health, reduce the risk factors of
developing cardiovascular disease (like obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure), and make daily changes that will
go a long way toward living a heart healthier lifestyle, check out these 12
apps. (Search for them in the iTunes App Store of Google Play on your smart
ASCVD Risk Estimator (American
College of Cardiology):
The ASCVD's free app helps you understand the risks of developing
cardiovascular disease, as well as which risk factors are most relevant to you.
As part of this highly individualized app, users can enter basic information —
like their age and whether or not they smoke — and then further customize the
app's tips by including their history of conditions like high blood pressure
and diabetes. After entering this health data, the app provides a lifetime risk
assessment for developing heart disease along with detailed information about
individual risk factors and how to avoid them.
Blood Pressure Companion (Maxwell
Pressure Companion (free) illustrates the correlation between blood pressure
and weight. As you track your blood pressure and weight through this app, you
get data that shows how fluctuations in pounds can affect your blood pressure
readings. In addition, the app reminds you to test your blood pressure, which
helps to keep the data as accurate as possible.
Blood Pressure Log — MyDiary
this free app does not include a blood pressure monitor, it does keep detailed
records to analyze trends. By entering data such as blood pressure readings,
body posture, and cuff location, users create detailed graphs that can be sent
to a doctor via email or used to generate reports in Excel spreadsheets or MS
Word documents. Users can also track their glucose levels, weight, and oxygen
saturation with this app.
Blood Pressure Monitor (Taconic
This app allows users to monitor their blood sugar and blood pressure levels,
as well as their weight. You can enter the medications you use and your daily
diet in order to get statistical reports on vital functions. In addition, the
free app allows you to easily email health data to your physician.
Cardiio (Cardiio Inc.): Cardiio (free) helps users
determine their ideal heart rate and, as they monitor their progress, lets them
know when they're experiencing abnormalities. In addition, Cardiio shows how
your heart rate measures up against others, like an Olympic athlete or someone
living on an island. The app also has a seven-minute workout routine.
Cardiograph (MacroPinch Ltd.): Cardiograph ($1.99) makes heart
health a family affair. By using the same type of technology found in a
doctor's office, this app allows multiple users to track their heart rhythm by
taking a picture of their fingertip. In addition, the app includes fun facts
and trivia to help you learn about heart health in an entertaining way.
Health Mate (Withings): Users can find out their blood
pressure trends and real-time data through Health Mate, which includes a health
pressure monitor. The app is free, but the blood pressure monitor can be
purchased for $129.95.
Healthy Heart 2 (Ringful LLC): If you are at high risk for
developing heart disease, you can track your blood pressure, glucose,
potassium, and cholesterol levels with this free app. In addition, you can
enter information about your medications and behavioral factors that might
contribute to the possibility of developing heart disease.
Instant Heart Rate (Azumio Inc.): Through Instant Heart Rate
($2.99), you can monitor your heart rate as you exercise, while avoiding
putting too much stress on your heart. In addition, this app allows you to make
comparisons about your heart rate during different activities. From running to
resting and everything in between, Instant Heart Rate provides data that gives
you an idea of when you're making your target heart rate — and when you're
Kardia Mobile (AliveCor Inc.): Kardia Mobile is a $99 product,
which can be used with Android and Apple devices, designed for those who
already have a history of cardiovascular problems. This compact tool allows
users to record a medical-grade EKG in less than a minute and send data to a
doctor to diagnose possible atrial fibrillation. In addition, Kardia Mobile
tracks sleep, exercise, and dietary habits, as well as shortness of breath.
MotionX 24/7 (MotionX): Those who want to monitor their
heart health while they're awake and asleep use MotionX 24/7 ($0.99). For daily
monitoring, you can compile data on weekly and monthly heart-rate highs and
lows, as well as get information on heart rates during exercise and rest. In
addition, MotionX 24/7 has a motion sensor that tracks sleep habits, a
microphone to detect snoring, and a smart alarm. This app also has a pedometer
function to help users track heart health data on multiple fronts.
Smart Blood Pressure (SmartBP) BP
Tracker (Evolve Medical Systems LLC):
This free app is particularly helpful for those who either have heart disease
or are at high risk of developing it. Through SmartBP, patients can record
their systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as their pulse, and easily
share that data with their doctor. It also has a feature that tracks body mass
index, helping those who want to lose weight meet their goals.