Smart phone apps for heart health

These days, accessing information about local healthcare services is at your fingertips. Literally. Healthcare apps for mobile devices are not only benefiting patients with direct resources and information but also healthcare providers so they can streamline the care and treatment they provide. Check out this list of four smartphone apps for heart health.

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Alberta Health Services
Find the nearest hospitals, healthcare facilities, programs and services and view real-time wait times for emergency departments and urgent care centres throughout Alberta. You can also access important contact numbers including HealthLink, Poison Control, Mental Health Help Line and more.

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Want to know what to expect at your Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR or Cardiac MRI) procedure, long before you arrive at the clinic? This app, developed out of The Stephenson CMR Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre, helps users understand MRI basics through interactive audio/visual procedures and by explaining various CMR images.

med-hfMed-HF
This interactive heart-failure tool puts comprehensive medication and side-effects information at the fingertips of Alberta’s physicians and pharmacists. Med-HF walks users through the initiation, titration, assessment and monitoring of four drug classes commonly used to treat heart failure: ACEIs/ARBs, Beta-Blockers, Diuretics, and Aldosterone Antagonists.

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The current app is based on the 2009 guidelines but users can expect a new update to reflect the 2012 guidelines later this year. Features include the Framingham Risk Score calculator and Reynolds Risk Score calculator for comparison so users can look up the corresponding treatment recommendations and calculate the 50% LDL treatment reduction target right away.

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