Would you believe an iPhone or iPad camera can measure your heartbeat by recording the change in light reflected from your face as your heart pumps blood through your body? Developed by a team of engineers, Ph.D. scientists, designers and technology lovers from MIT and Harvard, the Cardiio app does just that. At $2.99, Cardiio is an inexpensive and convenient alternative to buying bulky equipment or scheduling a doctor's appointment.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
The sleek Withings Blood Pressure Monitor lets you store your daily blood pressure readings directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch simply by plugging the monitor into your device. This tech-savvy tool also provides graphs of your blood pressure over time, letting you identify trends and averages at a glance. Plus, it's a snap to share your blood pressure data directly with your health care provider.
AliveCor Heart Monitor
Doctors were so excited about this iPhone case that turns your phone into a portable electrocardiogram (ECG), they started buying the pet version when the human version wasn't yet available. Now that AliveCor's Heart Monitor has been cleared by the FDA for use on people, doctors can stop posing as vets. Here's how the heart monitor works: Patients rest their fingers on electrodes on either side of the case and the ECG records and displays heart rates on the screen.
Heart-Health Apps to Watch in 2013
When it comes to heart health, the U.S. government is putting their money where their mouth is. In July 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, asking developers to come up with the best mobile app to help consumers reduce their risk for heart disease by controlling blood pressure and managing cholesterol. While the judges haven't yet determined the winner of the $100,000 check, and some of these apps haven't yet been fully developed, here's a peek at some of the finalists.
Be prepared. Download the Pocket First Aid & CPR app from the American Heart Association and learn what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency.
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