Last fall when the American Heart Association issued new guidelines to help doctors teach their patients about their risks of developing cardiovascular disease – accompanied by a bulky computer spreadsheet calculator – one ECU physician thought he had a better idea.

So he created his own free smartphone app that makes assessing patients' risk as simple as tapping a screen.

Cardiac Risk Assist is designed by Dr. Tin Nguyen, a second-year internal medicine resident and former computer engineer. It takes the newest risk assessments and recommendations from the American Heart Association, unveiled in November and previously accessible only through the computer spreadsheet, and puts them in an easy-to-use mobile platform.

Learn more about Cardiac Risk Assist

East Carolina University

Monday, March 17, 2014