Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is much more prominent in life than we realize. In fact, over 80 percent of women between ages 40 and 70 have some risk factor for heart disease; however, less than 20 percent are informed about it. But with the Love My Heart app, women will have a more effective way to manage heart health.
For this One-on-One with Steve Adubato episode, show host Steve Adubato, PhD., sat down with Dr. Sonia Tolani. Tolani is an assistant professor of medicine at ColumbiaDoctors; she is also the co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center at Columbia University Medical Center. The two discussed the dangers of heart disease. Tolani also spoke about the Love My Heart app, which helps women better manage their healthcare and heart health.
Manage Heart Health with the Love My Heart App
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. This includes heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and heart valve problems.
“It kills two-to-three-times more than breast cancer, cervical cancer, Alzheimer’s ― basically all the cancers together,” Tolani said.
Nearly two decades ago, only about 15 percent of women knew these statistics. While more than 50 percent of women recognize these facts today, awareness is still much too low. Though heart health problems are a risk for everyone, women are more likely to be negatively affected.
“Those (traditional risk factors) are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and having a family history of someone having a heart attack or a stroke at a young age,” Tolani explained.
A colleague of Tolani’s created the Love My Heart app based on two concerns. One was that not enough women know the risk factors for heart disease. The other was that health care providers are not doing a good enough job informing women about this problem. The app uses a risk calculator to display heart health concerns. The process the app uses is based off studies by credible organizations such as the American Heart Association.
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