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This is how you determine the age of the heart with the app

Doctors warn again and again that many people have a higher risk of heart attack. But does it also apply to you? A new Heart Foundation app should be able to evaluate this.

The Heart Foundation's HerzFit app compares health data and assesses the risk of heart attack.  (Image: dpa) Photo: Zacharie Scheurer / dpa-tmn

The Heart Foundation’s HerzFit app compares health data and assesses the risk of heart attack. (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Zacharie Scheurer / dpa-tmn)

Frankfurt / Munich – Your heart may be older than your actual age. The organ is influenced by lifestyle as well as by hereditary predisposition and environmental factors. And depending on this, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases or decreases. The new “HerzFit app” from the German Heart Foundation tries to analyze how your heart is doing.

A risk calculator developed by heart specialists is integrated with which heart age can be determined. A bad result does not mean that you are helpless at the mercy of a heart attack or stroke, explains cardiologist Prof. Heribert Schunkert, vice president of the German Heart Foundation. But it should be seen as an invitation to do something for your health.

Advice on exercises and diet

The corresponding expert tips are therefore also available in the app. In addition to information on more exercise and a healthy diet, there are strategies for coping with stress and quitting smoking.

According to the Heart Foundation, the app requests personal health data such as blood pressure, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, long-term blood sugar, and weight. These remain on the user’s smartphone and can be deleted and modified at any time, without third-party information.

The app was developed by the Heart Foundation together with partners such as the DigiMed Bayern project of the German Heart Center in Munich. The “HerzFit App” is available free of charge in the Apple Store (for iPhone) or in the Google Play Store (Android) for smartphones.

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