With GPs themselves now prompting patients to use m-health apps, Danny Buckland lists his top five to keep your heart healthy – easily
1. Healthy Heart 2
A prevention and monitoring app for patients with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, it tracks blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, blood glucose and potassium readings as well behavioural and environmental factors. It helps motivate a healthy lifestyle, while the data aids doctors to identify conditions and monitor the effect of treatments. Free.
2. World Walking
Promotes increased activity through walking with the aim of reducing the risk of heart disease. Devised by Scottish cardiac rehabilitation group, the Inverclyde Globetrotters, it provides virtual maps of global destinations for people to reach, while just walking locally. The Globetrotters have walked more than 160,000 kilometres through 100 countries without leaving their home town of Greenock. Free.
3. Diabetes Risk Checker
Developed by UK doctors and academics, it calculates the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next ten years through a series of questions. Using data from the NHS and thousands of GPs, it can encourage behaviour change by providing accurate percentage analysis of future risk. 79p.
4. BHF Pocket CPR
The app follows the British Heart Foundation’s successful Staying Alive advertising campaign, providing easy-to-follow instructions to learn and practise cardiopulmonary resuscitation first aid. Free.
5. Sleep Cycle
Monitors sleep patterns, revealing how long you are in a deep or light sleep and wakens you from a light phase to promote a relaxed feeling at the start of the day. Developed by North Cube, of Sweden, it is credited with helping people sleep better and promotes improved health throughout the day. It also has a measuring device that detects heart rate. 79p.