Heart app helps patients keep track of meds and dosage

The Heart Foundation has released a free app for patients to better manage their heart medication dosage and routine.

The My Heart, My Life app aims to help people keep track of and remember to take their medicines. A recent Heart Foundation survey found that 5.5 per cent of people prescribed blood pressure medicines and 16 per cent taking cholesterol medicines were not taking them regularly.

The app, available for iOS and Android phones, also allows users to record and monitor health stats such as weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and cholesterol. Measurements can be stored in list and graph format so patients can see how they are progressing over time.

There is a searchable database of medications which lists the dose and frequency and allows users to set reminders for the best time to take them.

It also has information on heart attack waring signs and a series of healthy recipes.

The Heart Foundation’s national director of cardiovascular health, Rob Grenfell, said the app will help patients manage their medication routine, increase their understanding of their condition and ultimately improve their health.

“We also know the app will assist GPs, pharmacists and primary care nurses to help their patients adhere to medicine and lifestyle changes,” Dr Grenfell said.

The app can be downloaded from the My Heart My Life website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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