There are a multitude of factors that can help to prevent against heart disease. Our age, race, gender, diet and lifestyle can all contribute to our overall heart health. But with so many factors at play, it can be difficult to know just where we stand in terms of our own cardiovascular status.
Tracking Your Health
A new smartphone app helps to take away some of the guesswork when it comes to heart health. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have teamed up to develop an app that can evaluate your risk for heart disease.
The ASCVD Risk Estimator app tracks cholesterol and blood pressure levels and can make recommendations about how to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease by making dietary changes. The app also can provide valuable information to your doctor, who can prescribe cholesterol-reducing medications if necessary.
Prevention Is Key
The app is intended for use by people who don’t have heart disease, and who want to use it as a tool to help track the risk factors that can lead to heart disease. High cholesterol and high blood pressure, or hypertension, are both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In most cases, high blood pressure is symptomless, as is high cholesterol. That’s what makes having an app to help track these silent dangers so useful.
Information Is Power
The ASCVD Risk Estimator app not only helps to track vital information about your cardiovascular health, it can make recommendations for you and your healthcare provider so you know which lifestyle practices and medical services can best serve you and help manage your risk for heart disease.