8 Smart Mobile Apps and Gadgets for Heart Health
Look to these digital-friendly tools for a modern complement to cardiovascular care.
When it comes to cultivating heart-healthy habits at home, look no further than the convenience and portability of your smartphone or tablet. As a team, cardiovascular health and technology experts have come together to develop a myriad of downloadable tools at your fingertips to help prevent and manage CVD. Following are a few apps and gadgets for heart health that you can use – and recommend to your patients:
- My Cardiac Coach™
- Smart Blood Pressure (Smart BP)
- CardioSmart® Heart Explorer
- Meditation apps
1. My Cardiac Coach
Photo Credit: American Heart Association
Developed by the American Heart Association, My Cardiac Coach is a free iPhone and Android app that offers a personalized recovery toolkit for heart attack survivors. Mobile users can find trustworthy information from leading CVD experts, blood pressure and weight progress trackers, tools to manage medications and log fitness, and a support network with opportunities to connect with other survivors directly from their smartphone or tablet.
2. Smart Blood Pressure (Smart BP)
Watch a quick video on how the Smart BP app works here.
3. CardioSmart Heart Explorer
Photo Credit: CardioSmart
A team at the American College of Cardiology launched the free CardioSmart Heart Explorer app for iPhone and Android to help enhance patient care and promote better communication about cardiovascular health. Through interactive graphics, animations, and engaging features, such as the “Bring to Life” option, the app clearly illustrates cardiovascular conditions and the potential effects of treatment at the touch of a button.
Watch the CardioSmart Heart Explorer demonstration video here.
Photo Credit: KardiaMobile
Cleared by the FDA, KardiaMobile is a compact, clinical grade EKG monitor that sends email-friendly results through its companion iOS and Android app in just 30 seconds – anytime, anywhere. This heart health app and gadget combination is available for $99 and is ideal for patients who have or may be at risk for atrial fibrillation, but it is not tested or recommended for those with a pacemaker or ICD.
Find out what a Johns Hopkins cardiologist recommends for getting the most out of fitness trackers.
8. Meditation apps
While these apps and gadgets for heart heath are not intended to replace clinical care, and they require that patients feel motivated to use them regularly for best results, they can help reinforce and enhance your educational efforts – and that can lead to a heart-healthier future.
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