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Heart disease claims around 225 lives in South Africa each day – yet 80% of heart disease and strokes can be prevented, according to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. For Heart Awareness Month – September – Alcatel recommends some Android apps that can help you understand cardiovascular disease better and reduce your risk of heart conditions.

1.       My Cardiac Coach

Developed by the American Heart Association, My Cardiac Coach is a free mobile app that aims to help heart attack patients make a successful recovery. It’s a personalised app that gives you lessons on how to manage your lifestyle, progress trackers for monitoring blood pressure and weight, tools for logging physical activity and more.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cc.aha.cardiaccoach&hl=en

2.       Instant Heart Rate

Accurately measure your pulse and heartbeat zone with your heart rate and health monitor, after sleeping or during workouts and training. Instant Heart Rate doesn’t require heart rate straps, it simply detects change in your finger to provide accurate heartbeat measurements.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=si.modula.android.instantheartrate&hl=en

3.       SmartBP

SmartBP is a simple, easy to use, blood pressure management tool.  SmartBP allows you to record your blood pressure measurements, track and analyse your progress, and share reports with your doctor or members of your family.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartbloodpressure&hl=en

4.       CardioVisual

Created by cardiologists, CardioVisual is a multimedia educational heart health app. Its comprehensive library of videos and interactive graphics provides clear explanations of all aspects of heart health including risk factors, prevention, conditions and treatments of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cardiovisual.app&hl=en

5.       Cardiograph Heart Rate Monitor

Cardiograph Heart Rate Monitor calculates your pulse or heart rate using your smartphone’s built-in sensors and devices. You can record and track your results to keep an eye on the health of your heart.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.examobile.cardiograph&hl=en