The 7 Best Heart Disease iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A staggering 715,000 Americans have heart attacks every year. The good news is that many types of heart disease are preventable through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Let technology give you a helping hand in the prevention of heart disease. We’ve examined scores of apps at the iTunes Store and Google Play and found some inexpensive options that can help keep you heart-healthy.
Echocardiography Atlas by Epocrates
iPhone – 4 stars with 38 ratings – Free
If you're a cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, sonographer, medical student, or just curious about heart disease, take a peek at the Echocardiography Atlas by Epocrates app. Scott D. Solomon, MD edits the app.
View 250 annotated images and 189 videos, spanning the range of the most common cardiovascular diseases. Zoom and pan echocardiograms. Search for specific diseases such as aortic valve disease, myocardial infarction, infectious endocarditis, and more.
Instant Heart Rate
Exercise can do much to improve your overall cardiovascular health. Make the most of your workouts without putting unnecessary stress on your heart by knowing your target heart rate.
First, calculate your target heart rate for when you exercise. Then, use the award-winning Instant Heart Rate app during exercise to see if you're hitting it. Just place the tip of your index finger on the phone’s camera and in mere seconds you will know your heart rate. Use it to maximize workouts, to test your stress levels, or to determine overall heart fitness during resting periods.
Heart Failure Trials
If you have heart disease or are caring for someone who does, there's no better time than today to educate yourself on clinical trials around heart failure.
The five-star Heart Failure Trials app keeps you up to date with the latest in heart failure research and evidenced-based medicine. Developed by renowned heart failure cardiologist David Majure, MD MPH, the database is constantly updated with the latest trials and expert opinions. Topics reviewed include beta-blockers, antiarrhythmics, fish oil (Omega-3 fatty acids), surgical therapy, pulmonary artery catheters, and more.
Stress Check by Azumio
According to research studies, there’s a clear link between stress and heart disease. Taking B vitamins and meditation are just a couple things you can do to bring your stress level down. But your first step is to uncover where your stress levels lie.
The Stress Check by Azumio app can measure your stress levels by measuring your heart rate variability through the camera and light features on your smartphone. You can also determine the effects of different stressors, minimize stress and track progress, and reduce the likelihood of stress-associated conditions such as heart disease.
PulsePoint By PulsePoint Foundation
If someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be one of the greatest, life-saving tools available.
This extraordinary app lets users who are trained in CPR provide life-saving assistance. The program uses sophisticated location-based services to alert you when someone nearby needs emergency CPR. Now that's a lifesaver in your pocket!
HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 622 ratings - $0.99
High blood pressure and heart disease are closely related. It increases your risk for coronary disease. If your blood pressure veers toward the high end, you’ll want to monitor your numbers on a routine basis. HeartWise Blood Pressure Trackers makes this an easy task. The app tracks your blood pressure over weeks, months, or years. You can also input your weight and factors that could affect readings, such as that third cup of coffee! Email reports to your doctor at the touch of a button.
Heart Pal Free
iPhone – 3.5 stars with 137 ratings – Free
Heart Pal tracks a variety of information that you can keep private through password protection, or share with your medical team. Log blood pressure readings, your weight, and medications you take on a daily basis to see a clear picture of your heart health. Set pill-taking reminders and schedules so you won’t forget a thing. This user-friendly app analyzes your data and compiles a report that breaks down every bit of information for easy consumption.
Logging your heart rate and blood pressure through your phone is handy. However, tapping an icon isn’t all it takes to stay heart-healthy. A healthy lifestyle helps keep your ticker in top shape. Two keys to heart health are plenty of daily exercise, and a low-fat, low-sodium diet. If you smoke, you should quit. Use apps in addition to advice from your family doctor, not as a substitute.
We selected these heart disease apps based on their potential to aid people with heart disease as well as those at risk. Additional factors included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to patients’ needs. This list represents a range of helpful iPhone and Android apps that make it easier to manage heart health.
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.
- Heart Disease Facts. (2013). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
- Steptoe, A. & Kivämaki, M. (2012, April 3). Stress and cardiovascular disease. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 9(6), 360-370. Retrieved July 29, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22473079