The Best Heart Disease iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • The 9 Best Heart Disease Apps of 2014

    The 9 Best Heart Disease Apps of 2014

    Heart disease is the United States’ biggest killer. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills one American adult just about every 40 seconds. Additionally, more than 177 million people in the United States are overweight. Many have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which increases their risk of heart disease.

    The good news is that heart disease is often preventable. A healthy diet and exercise can lower your risk and help keep you healthy. This variety of  apps let you use your phone or tablet to stay on top of heart disease.

  • Echocardiography

    Echocardiography

    iTunes – 4.5 stars with 52 ratings – Free

    Echocardiography Atlas, created by Epocrates and edited by Dr. Scott D. Solomon, is a handy app and valuable pocket reference for heart disease. Whether you’re a doctor, patient, or just curious about the heart and its function, you’ll find lots of useful information here.

    Get a visual lesson about the most common types of heart disease with 250 annotated images and 189 videos. An up-close  look at echocardiograms will help you learn about a normal heart exam. You can also search for specific conditions such as congenital disease, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, and more.

  • Instant Heart Rate

    Instant Heart Rate

    iTunes – 4.5 stars with 5,823 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 4.3 stars with 141,337 ratings – Free

    Exercise is a key factor in improving your heart health. Instant Heart Rate app helps determine your target heart rate so that you can work out without putting too much stress on your heart.

    Place your finger on the phone’s camera to find your target heart rate in just seconds. Use this award-winning app to get the most from your workouts, assess your stress levels, or to find your overall heart health while at rest.

  • Heart Failure Trials

    Heart Failure Trials

    iTunes – 5 stars with 81 ratings – $2.99

    Android – 4.6 stars with 68 ratings – $2.99

    Clinical trials may sometimes be the difference between life and death when it comes to heart disease. Learn about new ways to treat and prevent heart failure in yourself or a loved one with heart disease.

    An expert in the field, David Majure, M.D., M.P.H, developed this five-star app. It gives you all the latest evidence-based research about heart failure and is updated frequently with recent and current trials, expert opinions, and heart failure guidelines. Topics reviewed include the use of medications and supplements, surgical therapy, pulmonary artery catheters, and more.

  • Stress Check Pro

    Stress Check Pro

    iTunes – 3 stars with 86 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 3.6 stars with 3,977 ratings – Free

    Recent studies show that stress can increase your risk of heart disease. And if you’re already affected, feeling anxious and overwhelmed could make your illness worse. Lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep and doing deep breathing exercises may help you feel calmer, but the first step is knowing why you’re stressed out.

    The Stress Check app by Azumio uses the light and camera on your smartphone to measure normal variations in your heart rate. The changes correspond to your stress levels in real time. The app also helps you determine the effects of different stressful situations, teaches you how to minimize stress, and tracks your progress. It’s an inexpensive way to reduce your stress, and potentially lower your risk for conditions like heart disease. 

  • PulsePoint

    PulsePoint

    iTunes – 3 stars with 177 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.2 stars with 302 ratings – Free

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a life-saving tool if someone nearby goes into cardiac arrest. PulsePoint is a one-of-a-kind app that matches those in need with those who can help instantly.

    Location-based services allow users who are trained in CPR provide assistance to someone experiencing a cardiac event. If you’re signed up as a provider, you’ll get an alert when someone in your area needs emergency CPR. 

  • HeartWise

    HeartWise

    iTunes – 4.5 stars with 1798 ratings – $0.99

    High blood pressure and heart disease often go hand in hand. People with high blood pressure have a higher likelihood of having heart disease. If your doctor says your blood pressure is higher than it should be, you’ll want to watch your numbers regularly.

    With HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker, it’s never been easier. The app tracks your blood pressure over a period of time that you set (weeks, months, or years). You can also monitor your weight and other factors that may affect readings, like stress or that bag of potato chips. Email reports to your doctor with a tap of your finger.

  • Blood Pressure Monitor

    Blood Pressure Monitor

    iTunes – 4.5 stars with 2,684 ratings – Free

    Check out the Blood Pressure Monitor app from Taconic Systems if you struggle with your weight or have high blood pressure. Enter information such as what foods you eat, medications you take, and your body position. It then uses these factors to track your weight, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. Graphs and statistical reports give you a clear picture of your vital functions, and you can even email the data to your doctor. 

  • Cardiograph

    Cardiograph

    iTunes – 4 stars with 1,398 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 3.9 stars with 57,766 ratings – Free

    Cardiograph is a heart-health tool for the entire family. Its multiple profile capabilities can store each person’s heart rate and track it over time. Take a picture of your fingertip and your heart rate is computed instantly. The app is user-friendly and entertaining. Trivia and fun facts about heart health will keep you interested as you check your pulse.

  • Digifit iCardio

    Digifit iCardio

    iTunes – 4.5 stars with 1,590 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.4 stars with 366 ratings – Free

    Digifit iCardio helps make exercise fun as you sweat your way to better heart health. Map your jogging route, time yourself, and track your progress with iCardio’s easy, real-time charting program. The app integrates with a number of social media and music sites so you’ll never be bored as you workout. It also stores your weight, blood pressure, and sleep information to give you a fuller picture of your overall health.

  • Preventing Heart Disease

    Preventing Heart Disease

    These handy apps should be used in combination with regular check-ups with your doctor. Monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight with the tap of a finger is easy and convenient, but maintaining your heart health takes more than that.

    Keeping your diet low in salt and saturated fat is a start. Add exercise to the mix, and you’re on your way to better heart health. If you’re a smoker, quitting will reduce your risks even more. 

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these heart disease apps based on their potential to aid people in with heart disease or those with an increased risk for developing it. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to heart health. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make living with heart disease (and reducing your risk) more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t approved them unless otherwise indicated.

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