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Mobile devices are making it easier for these patients to monitor their blood pressure at home and accurately relay that information back to their physicians.
Primary care physicians do their best to promote healthier lifestyles among their patients, especially those at risk for heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death among men and women, with about one in four Americans dying from it each year.
Here are five heart health apps to recommend to your patients:
Healthy Heart 2 (Free)
Help your patients who are at risk of heart disease monitor their high blood pressure (HBP) and high cholesterol with this app. It tracks blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, blood glucose, and potassium. It also monitors medication, which may be beneficial to a patient’s caregivers. The app’s news articles can be easily shared on Facebook.
SmartBP allows patients to track their blood pressure, analyze the results, and share the information with their physicians in a variety of formats. The app will calculate pulse pressure, body mass index and mean arterial pressure. Patients can set reminders to take their medication or to measure their blood pressure.
Blood Pressure Companion ($0.99)
This app allows patients to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, and weight, while also comparing it to their previous entries. Users can generate comprehensive reports to email to their physicians, and the app’s passcode function will help to keep a patient’s information private.
Heart Health Mobile(Free)
Created by the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, this app provides an assessment to determine those at risk of cardiovascular disease. It also provides directions to pharmacies that offer blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.
This app provides a comprehensive blood pressure monitoring system, while still remaining easy to use. The data is displayed graphically and shows any warning signs. The medication correlation tool tracks the type of medicine administered and shows how it affects the patient’s vitals. While the lite version is free, a full version is offered for $4.99.