Description of App:
Apple’s new ResearchKit allows you to participate in important medical research studies easily through your iPhone. Stanford Medicine invites you to join the MyHeart Counts study to improve our understanding of heart health. The MyHeart Counts app is a personalized tool that can help you measure daily activity, fitness, and cardiovascular risk. It can also help you better understand your own heart health and contribute to our understanding of how to keep hearts healthy around the world. Join our research effort and make your heart count today!
The app can help you measure your activity through the sensors in your iPhone or the Apple Watch, or any wearable activity device linked to Apple Health App. If you are able, you can also do a walking fitness assessment. Plus, using your cholesterol results and blood pressure, the MyHeart Counts app will provide a calculation of your risk for future heart attack or stroke, as well as a relative “heart age.” By helping you track your activity levels and giving you feedback, we aim to help people be more informed and empowered in their health. We may also ask you to test different approaches to help you be more active so we can understand how mobile apps in the future can help prevent heart disease.
Record and track your:
• Physical activity through your iPhone or a Apple Health App-linked device
• Fitness level, if you are able, through a 6 minute walk test
• Risk score for heart disease or stroke, and your corresponding “heart age”
Receive reminders and notifications about:
• Your activity and sleep
• Surveys on Physical Activity Readiness and other health factors
• Entering blood pressure and cholesterol levels to calculate your risk score
• Learn about your activity level and walking fitness
• Learn about your risk factors and how to improve
• Links to learn about heart disease and stroke and the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” guide to heart health
To join the Stanford MyHeart Counts research study on heart health, you need to:
• Be 18 or older
• Reside within the United States
• Be able to read and understand English
Install the app today and learn about your heart, help research, and join together in the fight to stop heart disease!
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
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The entire app is accessible, and definitely showcases some best practices for conveying information related to subject consent. Only issue comes from the screen that shows your daily activity. Not sure what is supposed to be displayed, but appears to be a visual interface with your results and not part of data collection.
This review comes after completing the first 7 day period of the My Heart Counts program. In order to fully participate you need to be able to input data related to steps taken each day, amount of time you slept, your cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, her rate, and blood pressure.