A new app includes a risk calculator that can be used to determine heart age. heart age as well as the associated personal risk profile for cardiovascular diseases is calculated on the basis of a few questions to be answered. (Image: AdriaVidal/stock.adobe.com)
HerzFit app: new digital helper for heart health
The biological age of individual organs and the actual age of a person can sometimes differ greatly. This also applies to the heart. Now a new app has been developed, with which the Heart age can be determined. The digital heart-health helper can help prevent a Prevent heart attack.
According to the German Heart Foundation, each year more than 300 people suffer.000 people in Germany suffer a heart attack. A new app helps estimate how high one's risk is for this usually dramatic event.
Preventing cardiovascular disease
Blood prere, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, long-term blood glucose, and weight are important health measures that can provide early indications of cardiovascular disease and increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
"It is therefore all the more important to know these values, document them and monitor their progress," explains cardiologist Prof. Dr. med. Heribert Schunkert, vice chairman of the board of the German Heart Foundation, in a recent news release.
In the new HerzFit app, which was 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 entered very easily and in some cases synchronized from other apps.
It is also important to classify the values correctly. To this end, the independent experts of the Heart Foundation provide advice. An increased risk can thus be detected at an early stage. A rapid countermeasure be made possible.
"The aim of the HerzFit app is to support users in preventing cardiovascular disease and to motivate them to stay healthy, active and informed," explains Schunkert, Medical Director of the German Heart Institute Munich and instrumental in developing 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, which can be used to determine heart age. Heart age and the associated personal risk profile for cardiovascular disease are calculated on the basis of a few questions to be answered.
"A poor outcome doesn't mean you're helpless against heart attack or stroke, but it should be seen as a prompt to do something about your health," says Schunkert.
"The HerzFit app provides concrete instructions on how to reduce the risk and counteract heart disease as early as possible."
Tips for a healthier lifestyle
According to the information provided, the app is divided into the areas "Measure," "Improve" and "Learn". Blood prere values, heart rate and physical activity are recorded. In addition, there is information, suggestions and concrete tasks on how to integrate more exercise, a heart-healthy diet into everyday life. Also strategies for coping with stress. The following are listed for stopping smoking. To increase motivation for a healthy lifestyle, goals can be defined in the app and easily implemented with the help of some practical tips.
"The app thus motivates a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet and avoidance of psychosocial stress," says Heart Foundation Vice Chairman Schunkert.
The Heart Foundation points out that the important ie of data protection is also taken into account in the HerzFit app. Users have to register in order to create a personal profile in the app.
In addition, this data is the starting point for other functions, such as determining the age of the heart. But all data remains on the user's cell phone and can be deleted and changed at any time without third party insight.
– German Heart Foundation: HerzFit app determines heart age and helps prevent heart attacks, (retrieval: 30.04.2022), Deutsche Herzstiftung – German Heart Foundation: Digital helpers for your heart health, (retrieval: 30.04.2022), German Heart Foundation – Deutsche Herzstiftung: Herzinfarkt-Risiko-Test, (Retrieved: 30.04. This article contains general information only. Must not be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.