AF Stat Releases Smartphone App Upgrade


September 27, 2011

AF Stat released updates to the AFib Educator, a free smartphone app and desktop widget designed to help healthcare providers better explain atrial fibrillation (AFib) to their patients.

The AFib Educator 2.0 visually demonstrates the importance of management strategies defined in the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) AFib clinical treatment guidelines; these strategies include rate control, rhythm control, and stroke prevention.

New animations show patients important potential consequences of AFib, including stroke risk and heart remodeling. One animation shows how a blood clot can form and flow to the brain, causing an AFib-related stroke; another illustrates heart remodeling, in which the heart changes size and shape as a result of being in AFib over time.

The upgrade also includes popular features from the original application, including important patient resources about the signs, symptoms and prevalence of AFib; links to resources where patients can learn more about the disease; and an "e-mail a friend" feature, which allows healthcare professionals to e-mail background information directly to patients.  

The app and desktop widget are available for free download at AF Stat’s website. The app can also be downloaded from the Apple App Store online.

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