Participate: MyHeart Counts

By Lena Huang featured image

What is it?
MyHeart Counts is a free smartphone app that collects information about activity and heart health. The app records and tracks activity and can provide fitness levels and a risk score for heart disease or stroke. Launched by Stanford University scientists, the app obtains data for analysis that will be used in research to treat and prevent heart disease.

Who can participate?
Adults age 18 and older can participate. At the moment, the app is available only in English and on Apple devices. Researchers hope to add more languages and more smartphone platforms in the future. It is currently open to residents in the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong, but researchers plan to expand globally.

Who sponsors MyHeart Counts?
The app was developed by Stanford University. Participants’ data goes to a secure computer where names are removed to protect privacy. The de-identified data then goes to a secure computer managed by Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit research organization, where it is combined with other participants’ data. Participants can choose to share their data with a broad group of researchers or with Stanford researchers only.

Why participate?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Participation in this study allows researchers to gather information from a large group of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to advance our understanding of the human heart.

How do I participate?
The app can be downloaded in iTunes. For more information about the app and the research trial, visit the website.