by Meleik Goodwill, PhD, Medical Director, Palio
February is American Heart Month, but even 10 years after efforts to specifically increase awareness around women’s heart health began, many people still think of heart attacks as an old man’s condition. Heart disease, however, remains the No. 1 killer of women. Awareness is growing, but there is still much to be done.
As you’ve seen on PharmApps, we here at Palio believe strongly in the power of apps to put great amounts of information, analysis and communication in the pocket of everyday people, and few topics can be more important than this.
So, in honor of all the hearts you’ll see today and this week of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d point you in the direction of some apps that can help us all work together to improve women’s heart health. (And, in many cases, that of their male loved ones too.)
- Staying healthy - You can choose from among many apps on many platforms that can help you to track your food intake, weight, BMI and athletic performance. Keep your heart healthy before you need to worry!
- Preventing a repeat occurrence - If you or a loved one has already had a heart attack or other health scare, regularly and easily record heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol level, and other vital signs and symptoms with an app like Healthy Heart, Healthy Heart Numbers or My BloodWorks. Records like these can be invaluable to help a cardiologist predict risks, prescribe or adjust medication, or see whether a course of treatment or lifestyle changes are working.
- Saving a life - Keep a couple of apps on hand to help you through an emergency to get reminders how to perform CPR and first aid.
- Not just mobile - Even Facebook-only apps are getting into the game: The OhioHealth network of hospitals has devised the Facebook app Heartbeats for Health, which gives you points every time you track heart-healthy decisions that you’ve made. You know you’re checking Facebook anyway. Why not make it good for you?