DEC 18, 2015 11:03 AM PST

Mobile App Reduces Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

WRITTEN BY: Kara Marker
Whether a person is especially at risk for cardiovascular disease or just exceptionally proactive about their health, a new mobile app called “Circle of Health” could help prevent coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.

From the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, prominent cardiologist Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, created Circle of Health, downloadable for free, to “empower individuals around the globe” to take initiative in assessing their risk factors for cardiovascular disease and taking the proper steps to reduce their risk.

“Preventing and managing your heart disease should be as simple as reaching into your pocket or briefcase for a little motivation and support from your mobile device,” Fuster said.

According to the CDC, more than 610,000 people in the United States die cardiovascular disease-related deaths every year. Numerous risk factors can contribute to the onset of cardiovascular disease: smoking, unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes (CDC). However, “anyone, including children, can develop heart disease” (CDC).

The Circle of Health mobile app enables users to learn about the various risk factors for cardiovascular disease and offers information and health advice depending on individual cases of risk.

“This mobile app is for those people who want to improve their health and lifestyle habits, and it’s also a very useful tool for those that have or have had any heart attack, stroke, or artery disease to gain knowledge on how to reduce their chances of a future event,” Fuster said.

The free app also provides regular motivation for leading a healthy life, using “video, audio, and educational graphics.”

To learn more about the app, check out the following video:

Source: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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