British Cardiovascular Society launches app to calculate heart age
11 June 2014
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) has launched an app to calculate risk of heart attack or stroke and estimate heart age compared to the average equivalent person.
The App is designed to be used by doctors and healthcare practitioners to illustrate to patients their potential risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks or strokes. The risk estimate is based on measurements and data inputted directly by the user, such as age, blood pressure, life style and cholesterol of the patient.
The app was written by Propeller Mobile and based on the online JBS 3 Risk Calculator that BCS had previously developed.
The app shows the potential risk a patient faces in an easy to understand, accessible format, with a ‘Heart Age’ screen showing the 'age' of the patients’ heart and multiple charts showing the life expectancy of the patient. These screens then also show the impact of potential lifestyle decisions and other interventions recommended to reduce an individual’s risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr Iain Simpson, President of the British Cardiovascular Society said: “The BCS is delighted to be able to launch this exciting new healthcare app, JBS3 Heart Risk, and we hope that it will widen the use of the JBS3 prevention of cardiovascular disease principles in everyday clinical healthcare. Using this app with patients will help healthcare practitioners to better illustrate the risk of cardiovascular disease and the gains that can be made from interventions such as reducing blood pressure, or stopping smoking. ”
The JBS3 Heart Risk app is now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.