High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Sure, smart phones are fun for games and keeping in touch with your friends, but they can also be the perfect tool for staying on top of your well-being—especially cardiovascular health.

Every year, 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack and 647,000 die from cardiovascular disease. As scary as those numbers are, the risk for heart disease can be greatly reduced with healthy lifestyle changes and a knowledge of risk factors. That’s where these three apps come in. They can help you track your heart health and get you help when you need it.

1. Find out if you’re at risk with the ASCVD Risk Estimator Plus, which takes data like your cholesterol levels, weight and whether or not you smoke and gives you a picture of how at-risk you are for cardiovascular disease.

2. Have high blood pressure? The Blood Pressure Monitor app is the perfect place to store blood pressure data and look at trends over time. You can also set reminders, so you never forget to take a reading.

3. For a more complete picture of your heart health, the app BP Healthy, Lower BP Naturally can help. This app helps track your blood pressure and offers suggestions on what you should be eating to keep your heart healthy.

However, it is important to remember that these apps to do not replace your doctor. If you have questions or concerns schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.

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