A new smartphone app has been launched that could help heart attack patients recover faster and cope better with the trauma associated with such a life-threatening experience, its makers claim. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.
Recovery after the first attack needs ongoing support to prevent a second attack. During this phase, the patient’s rehabilitation requires significant changes to their lives that involve taking medicines on time, change in eating habits, quitting smoking and the development of a fixed exercise routine.
That’s where the new app called ‘Day-By-Day’ developed by Vida Health and AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, comes into play. The app which is launching through a trial program at Duke University, is an extension of Vida Health’s current smartphone app, and will help patient’s follow a step-by-step process through their recovery using live digital coaches and educational materials such as videos, articles and food journals to help patients implement lifestyle changes and adhere to their new drug regimen.
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in the year 2005 suggests that sticking to a new medication regime is a major concern for heart attack patients. The study found that poor adherence to taking medicines causes about 33-69 percent of medication-related hospitalizations and accounts for $100 billion in annual health care costs in US.
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