Current Science on Consumer Use of Mobile Health for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Published: August 13, 2015

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  • Mortality from cardiovascular disease has declined in recent decades, but unhealthy behaviors such as unhealthy body weight, sedentary behaviors, and tobacco use remain prevalent in the U.S. population. The American Heart Association 2020 Strategic Impact Goals target health behaviors and health indicators.
  • Mobile technologies are a pervasive component of the modern American environment and mobile devices permit collection of data in real time – enabling researchers to assess multiple behaviors in various contexts and inform the development of interventions to prompt behavior change.
  • While many mobile health interventions do not currently have the evidence base to support their inclusion in clinical recommendations, they hold great promise for lifestyle interventions to promote better patient health.