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
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.