MyHeart Counts was a great success, but the main thing holding it back was that it was only available on iOS and we wanted to change that in order to research a broader cohort. We created My Fitness Counts as an application that is available on both Android and iOS and to inform future versions of MyHeart Counts on both platforms.
Physical activity is known to be one of the best “drugs” to prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases. Both smartphones and wearable devices can now keep track of how active we are throughout the day. We have the opportunity to directly measure activity in people throughout the world to improve our understanding of the relationship between activity and heart health. It will also let us study ways to help people improve their activity and heart health over time, which could prevent more heart disease around the world.