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Helpful Apps for Heart Health

April 13, 2020
Medically reviewed by Susan Kerrigan, MD and Marianne Madsen

If you are suffering from any heart issues, you’re probably already eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and taking medications. But if you want to take things to the next level and be entirely in control of your cardiovascular health, why not download some apps for your iPhone or Android device? In this article, you’ll find a carefully chosen selection of apps that are designed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of your heart.


Instant Heart Rate


This app, free for Android and $4.99 for iOS, allows you to monitor your heart rate using your phone’s camera. Who knew that phones nowadays are capable of replacing a standard heart rate monitor? All you need to do is place your finger on your phone’s camera lens, wait a second, and get an accurate reading of your heart rate.


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Instant Heart Rate is the #1 heart rate app in multiple countries, including the U.S, the U.K, Japan, Australia, Germany and France. You can download it now for iOS or for Android.


Smart Blood Pressure


Smart Blood Pressure, or SmartBP, has claimed the #56 spot in the Medical category on Apple’s App Store, with a 4.3 star rating and over 10,000 reviews. The app allows you to monitor your blood pressure, provided you have a compatible blood pressure monitor. This includes Apple Watch, A&D, Omron, QardioArm, iHealth, and Withings devices. Once you measure your blood pressure, you can record the data in the app and keep track of your levels over time.

You can download it now for iOS or for Android.


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PulsePoint Respond


This is a one-of-a-kind app. PulsePoint Respond is designed to help those who are experiencing a medical emergency such as a heart attack and need CPR. The app monitors local emergency calls and alerts users whenever someone is in need of help. Good Samaritans can then respond themselves, before the paramedics arrive, and attempt to resuscitate the person in need of assistance. It’s not for everyone, but if you are trained in CPR and want to help those in need, try downloading PulsePoint Respond. You may save someone’s life.


You can download it for iOS or Android.


Cardiac Diagnosis (Arrhythmia)


This app does what it says. It monitors your heart rate using your phone’s camera and detects if you may have arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation, otherwise known as an abnormal heart rate. It’s easy to use: Place your finger over your phone’s camera, wait for the app to do its magic, and get a result. If your heart rate isn’t quite normal, the app will let you know and urge you to seek treatment. 


You can download it for Android.


The best way you can help your heart is by eating right, exercising, and taking medications prescribed by your doctor. But if you’re already doing all these things, it can’t hurt to try out one of the apps listed above and see if it helps you.


For more apps to help with your heart health, please visit our HeartAttackpedia site.

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