This week, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the release of a new mobile and web-based app for healthcare professionals and patients to use in determining the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The app, the ASCVD Risk Estimator (available for free on iTunes and Google Play), uses patient data to estimate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke. It also helps healthcare professionals to see whether statin therapy is appropriate for the patient.
The tool works by selecting the following patient data and calculating heart disease and stroke risk:
- Total cholesterol
- High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
- Systolic blood pressure
- Blood pressure-lowering medication use
- Diabetes status
- Smoking status
The ACC states that it hopes the tool will “help health professionals and patients work together.”
As social health applications and resources become more prevalent, what do you see being useful for cardiologists and heart failure patients?