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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that it accounts for about 25 percent of American deaths.
Heart disease is actually not one disease, but a broad term for many specific heart-related conditions. According to the CDC, the most common form of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease.
Both men and women are susceptible to heart disease for a number of reasons. While you can't do anything about risk factors like increased age and ethnicity, you can modify lifestyle factors like smoking, being sedentary, or using alcohol excessively. Depending on the type of heart disease, treatment may include surgery, rehab, or lifestyle changes.
Early detection of cardiac red flags can save your life. These apps equip you with educational insights to effectively monitor your blood pressure (BP), heart rate, and more. Sharing heart health trends with your doctor may help you discover problems and make vital changes. One app may even help you get emergency medical attention for symptoms like chest tightening.
Here's our list of the best heart disease apps of the year.
Instant Heart Rate +
Instant Heart Rate + makes it simple to monitor your heart rate. It measures your pulse using your smartphone's camera feature. Place your finger in front of the camera and the app measures color changes in your finger. Color changes indicate your pulse so the app's algorithm can graph your heart rate. Features include exportable data, tagging, and an activity zone calculator. Some premium features are available with a purchase or subscription. These include options like a fitness and fatigue test, healthy advice, workouts, and motivational support.
PulsePoint may mean the difference between life and death in a cardiac event. PulsePoint asserts that every minute without care may decrease your chance of recovery by 10 percent. The app connects someone experiencing a cardiac emergency with nearby CPR-trained people. It also locates the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED). This enables local responders to provide lifesaving care in the precious minutes before medical help arrives. You can see if your area is covered and help bring coverage to missing areas (startup and licensing fees apply).
Quality sleep and moderate activity are paramount in our overall health. MotionX helps you achieve both. The app tracks your sleep cycle, helping you detect serious conditions like sleep apnea. It also monitors heart rate and activity to help you reach your fitness goals. The sleek, streamlined interface makes it easy to understand your stats and progress. Of note: Swiss Horological Smartwatches powered by MotionX and Sleeptracker are required for activity and sleep data collection.
Blood Pressure Monitor - Family Lite
Blood Pressure Monitor - Family Lite uses your iPhone or iPad to track your pulse and other health information. The app graphs your stats to show trends and warn you about unhealthy BP. You can export your data to share with loved ones or medical professionals. A great feature: The app helps you understand correlations, like how medication impacts your BP. Set reminders and the app will alert you so you never miss a reading. Note: You must manually enter your medical measurements.
Cardiograph uses your device's camera to measure your heart rate. The design is simple and clean, making it very easy to use. You can log data for multiple people with individual profiles all in one account. Track your heart rate over time to see how your fitness changes. Export your data to share with your health professional or keep for your own records. The Android app is designed to work with Android Wear smartwatch pulse detectors as well.
iCardio tracks both workouts and your heart rate. It helps you exercise effectively and safely. The app's rainbow color-coding signals when your heart rate reaches different stages of exertion. The bold color system also makes it easy to monitor other vitals at a glance. iCardio maps your workouts with GPS, tracking time, distance, and speed. You can integrate it with popular fitness trackers like Fitbit and Jawbone and share your results. Of note: Heart rate tracking requires a separate monitor. Additional features are available with in-app purchases.
Blood Pressure Companion
As the name implies, Blood Pressure Companion measures your BP and heart rate. The app's charts, graphs, and histograms help you analyze your progress over time. The app also calculates your mean arterial pressure. Export comprehensive reports to share your history with your doctor. You can also track weight and add test dates and notes to help understand your numbers. The reminder feature helps you to remember to take your BP or visit your doctor.
iBP Blood Pressure
iBP makes it easy to track your BP over time. You can also monitor one other area, like blood glucose or medication usage. The app automatically syncs to Apple Health and Withings, making BP measurement simple. You can also manually enter readings taken on another device. iBP allows multiple user profiles and makes it easy to save or export data. Share reports with your doctor for a full snapshot of your health between visits. Of note: BP measurement requires a separate device.
Many monitors calculate your heart rate by measuring blood flow changes in your finger. Cardiio can actually analyze your face as well. The app aims to help you reach optimal health and peak exercise performance. Cardiio's features — like life expectancy and endurance scores — help you understand what your numbers say about your health. The app even has a seven-minute high-intensity circuit training workout to kickstart your fitness. Of note: Some features, like coaching, require in-app purchases.
Blood Pressure (SmartBP)
Smart BP helps you monitor your BP. The app can import data from many BP measurement devices via Apple HealthKit and Microsoft HealthVault. You can also input your own data and add custom tags and notes for reference later. After you enter your BP, pulse, and weight, the app automatically calculates important health indicators. These include body mass index (BMI), mean arterial pressure, and pulse pressure. You can sync your data across your devices and share your history with others.
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