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ECU Physician creates app for heart risks

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North Carolina.

One way doctors try to combat heart disease is by helping patients reduce their risks factors. East Carolina University physician, Dr. Tin Nguyen is trying to help make it easier for doctors and patients to do just that through a phone app.

The app is called Cardiac Risk Assist, and it makes the American Heart and the American College of Cardiology guidelines more accessible and mobile

Nguyen says the app allows doctors to input the patient’s risk factor information, like weight and cholesterol, then based on the patients behaviors, like smoking, the app generates a risk factor percentage instantly. Then a doctor can just as easily change a behavior in the app to show how that can reduce the patient’s risk factor percentage.

Based on the information entered, the app also can give the doctor patient recommendations and suggest medications.

“This is a golden opportunity for me to create something that is iPhone simple user friendly for all health care providers,” said Nguyen.

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