HerzFit app: new digital assistant for heart health
The biological age of individual organs and a person’s actual age can sometimes differ greatly. This also applies to the heart. It has now become one new app developed with the heart age can be determined. The digital heart health assistant can help prevent heart attack.
According to the German Heart Foundation, more than 300,000 people in Germany suffer a heart attack every year. A new app helps gauge how high your risk is for this mostly dramatic event.
prevent cardiovascular disease
Blood pressure, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, long-term blood sugar, and weight are important health parameters that can provide early indications of cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
“It is therefore all the more important to know these values, document them and monitor their progress”explains cardiologist Prof. Dr. Heribert Schunkert, vice president of the board of directors of the German Heart Foundation, in a recent statement.
In the new HerzFit app, developed by the Heart Foundation together with the DigiMed Bayern project of the German Heart Center Munich, the Techniker Krankenkasse, the German Hypertension League and the Technical University of Munich, these health values can be easily entered and partially synchronized from other apps. .
The correct classification of the values is also important. The Heart Foundation’s independent experts advise on this. It is therefore possible to identify a greater risk at an early stage and make quick countermeasures possible.
“The purpose of the HerzFit app is to support users in preventing cardiovascular disease and motivate them to stay healthy, active and informed.”explains Schunkert, Medical Director of the German Heart Center in Munich and significantly involved in the development of the app.
The focus is on tips for a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet and information on modern heart medicine.
Integrated risk calculator
A risk calculator is integrated into the new app, with which the heart age can be determined. Heart age and related personal risk profile for cardiovascular disease is calculated using a few questions to be answered.
“A bad result does not mean that you are helpless at the mercy of a heart attack or stroke, but it should be seen as an invitation to do something for your health”Schunkert says.
“The HerzFit app provides specific instructions on how to reduce your risk and fight heart disease as soon as possible.”
Tips for a healthier lifestyle
According to the information, the app is divided into the areas “measure”, “improve” and “learn”. Blood pressure, heart rate and physical activity values are recorded. There is also information, tips and specific tasks on how to integrate more exercise and heart-healthy nutrition into everyday life.
Strategies for coping with stress and quitting smoking are also listed. To increase motivation for a healthy lifestyle, you can set goals in the app and easily implement them with the help of some handy tips.
“The app thus motivates people to lead a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet and avoidance of psychosocial stress.”said Heart Foundation Vice President Schunkert.
The Heart Foundation emphasizes that the important issue of data protection is also taken into account in the HerzFit app. Users must register in order to create a personal profile in the app.
These data are also the starting point for other functions, such as determining the age of the heart. But all data remains on the user’s mobile phone and can be deleted and changed at any time without third party information. (A.D)
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- German Heart Foundation: HerzFit app determines heart age and helps prevent heart attacks, (accessed 30 April 2022), German Heart Foundation
- German Heart Foundation: Digital helpers for your heart health, (accessed 30 April 2022), German Heart Foundation
- German Heart Foundation: Heart attack risk test, (accessed 30 April 2022), German Heart Foundation
This article contains general advice only and is not to be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.