Aims of this application:
Create awareness of symptoms of heart disease (Angina and heart attack).
Classify the individual with discomfort in different categories so they can react appropriately.
The Heart App has been developed for the general population to help them find out if the chest pain or discomfort they are feeling is due to their heart. It is an easy to use, question and response based app, which asks directed questions from the patients. These questions have long been used by clinicians to diagnose or rule out heart related emergencies. From a wide variety of responses the users can choose the ones that describe their situation the best. Based on these responses they’ll be categorized according to the likelihood of their problem being related to heart and what they should do next.
The app also has a feature of ‘Heart Updates’, which will make users aware of various symptoms of angina and heart attack. It also contains information regarding various management options.
Why is there a need for such an application?
Heart attack and angina are due to the blockages in the arteries which are supplying blood to the muscles of heart. If the supply of heart muscles goes beyond a critical point then heart muscles start producing symptoms which MUST be recognised in time in order to avoid the permanent damage to the muscles of heart.
About 27-65% patients of heart attack do get warning symptoms about 12-72 hours prior to heart attack and if they get appropriate treatment at that time, they may even avoid a heart attack. It is up to the patients to reach a doctor or hospital to get said best treatment; for which they first need to realize the need and/or the urgency to go to one.
To achieve this, apart from educating the people regarding the symptoms of angina and heart attack, we also need to provide them with an efficient tool that would help them understand their problem and enable a quick decision making. This application has been developed to serve the purpose of that tool.
This app is by no means intended to replace the clinical judgement of a doctor; rather its main purpose is to prevent the patient from ignoring an emergency and enabling them to seek early treatment.