5 Apps to Help Support Your Heart Health

5 Apps to Help Support Your Heart Health

 

February is American Heart Month, which serves as a reminder to prioritize your heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world.1 

Protecting your heart might mean improving your diet, increasing your physical activity, reducing your stress, scheduling a physical exam, or practicing other heart-healthy activities. While some of these things may come naturally to you, downloading a phone app can provide ongoing support for reaching your heart health goals.

Here are 5 apps you can download to your phone today to help you lead a heart healthy lifestyle. 

1. Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor & Pulse Checker

This app claims to be the most accurate heart rate monitoring app available. It’s supported by leading research institutions and used in the UCSF Health eHeart Study. The app can be used to monitor your heart rate while you’re sleeping, exercising, or going about everyday activities. As it doesn’t require heart straps like some monitors, this app uses your finger pulse to accurately measure heart beat in less than 10 seconds.

This app costs $4.99 for an iPhone and is free for Android. Both have in-app purchases. 

2. Cardiio: Heart Rate Monitor

This app has been featured on major media platforms such as The Doctors television show and ABC News. Using your phone camera, Cardiio can measure your heart rate and help you to better understand how your numbers relate to your fitness level, overall health, and progress. It also comes with high-intensity circuit training exercises that can benefit your heart health and take 7 minutes. Best of all, the app allows you to save and track your numbers and progress.

This app is free with in-app purchases. Not available for Android.

3. CardioVisual

This app was named the Best App for Heart Disease in 2018 and 2019 by Healthline Media, and is confidently used by patients in over 130 countries around the world. It was created by cardiologists, and is meant to be a comprehensive and interactive educational resource. In this app, you’ll find videos and graphics carefully curated into a library where you can find answers to all of your heart health questions. 

The basic version of this app is free with in-app purchases. The PRO version - which includes downloadable videos, autoplay, sharing, and exclusive content - comes with an auto-renewable subscription for $0.99 per month or $9.99 per year. 

4. PulsePoint Respond

This app is designed to connect you with CPR-trained members of your community if you ever have a situation in which heart problems arise and you need help. Using GPS signals, the app notifies people in the surrounding area of the need for emergency help, who may be able to arrive before EMS personnel can. 

This app is free with in-app purchases.

5. ASCVD Risk Estimator Plus

ASCVD stands for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Designed by researchers from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, this app helps you protect your long-term heart health by understanding and monitoring 10-year ASCVD risk. It’s intended to help clinicians and patients work together to create an individualized heart health plan.

This app is free with in-app purchases.

If you’re looking for an everyday resource to add to your heart healthy lifestyle, check out these 5 heart health apps.

You can download any of these apps in the App Store for an iPhone or iPad or use Google Play for an Android.

 

References:

  1. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:778. 

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