Apps can track heart health

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z 2013-02-14T10:25:04Z Apps can track heart healthChristine Bryant Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Just a download away are hundreds of apps on your iPhone or Android that can help save your life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In response to this, several apps are tapping into technology to help people arm themselves with the necessary information to minimize their risk of having a heart attack.

Here are a few examples of some apps that will help you keep track of your heart health, provide you with step-by-step instructions when someone with you has a heart attack, and assist you in keeping up to date with the latest heart health technology.

Healthy Heart Numbers

The Healthy Heart Numbers app allows you to monitor your LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood pressure, overall cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels – all right from your phone. Each time you go to the doctor’s office for a checkup, enter these numbers into the app, which then tracks the numbers over an extended period of time to give you an idea of whether your health is improving or needs work. It also allows you to see how your choices – diet and exercise, for example – are affecting your healthy heart numbers.

Available on: iPhone

FYI: healthyheartnumbers.com

Pocket First Aid & CPR

The American Heart Association is the go-to source of information for first aid and CPR, which is why this app features useful information taken from the organization. If you’re in an emergency situation where first aid or CPR is needed, this application provides you with quick access to illustrations, videos and instructions for a variety of situations. Instances include choking, burns, cardiac arrest and wounds. The app also allows you to keep all your medical information in one spot. For each member of your family, you can enter your emergency contact and doctor’s information, as well as any allergies or medications your doctors should know about when treating you.

Available on: iPhone, Android

FYI: jive.me/apps/firstaid

Instant Heart Rate

Want to know your heart rate when exercising or want to monitor your sitting heart rate over a period of time? The Instant Heart Rate app allows you to turn your smart phone into a heart rate monitor. To use the app, place your finger over the camera lens. The app tracks your heart rate by the light that passes through your finger.

Available on: iPhone, Android

FYI: azumio.com/apps/heart-rate

Sodium One-Sodium Counter

Monitoring your salt intake is an important tool in reducing your risk for heart disease. With the Sodium One-Sodium Counter app, you can track your salt intake by looking up the foods and drinks you consume through a comprehensive database of more than 65,000 items. The app also helps you track your calorie and water intake, as well as exercise.

Available on: iPhone

FYI: euliax.com

Stress Check

Studies have shown a link between stress and heart disease. Aren’t sure exactly where from where your stress stems? This app measures your stress levels in real time by measuring your heart rate. The app also examines the time variations between consecutive heart beats, which may indicate higher levels of stress if the time variations are scattered.

Available on: iPhone, Android

FYI: azumio.com

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