A 'heart age' calculator and a device that detects cardiovascular disease from eye scans.

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Study Finds Smartphone Apps Can Reduce Cardiac Readmissions By 40 Percent The Mayo Clinic has found that incorporating a smartphone app into cardiac rehabilitation can reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions by 40 percent. the Mayo Clinic designed an online and smartphone-based program for patients recovering from stent placement for a heart attack, with 25 participants using the application and a control group of 19 had regular cardiac rehabilitation without the app. The app was designed to track patient vital signs and provide educational content on how to stay healthy. Around 60 percent of the control group was either readmitted to the hospital or admitted to an emergency room within 90 days. In the group that used the app, that number was just over 20 percent.

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