Meds reminder: app helps patients manage dosage, routine

25 July, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Australians who don't take their heart medicines as prescribed are able to better manage their dosage and routine with the help of a new smart phone app launched by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

The free My Heart, My Life app aims to help people keep track of and remember to take their medicines, while also providing health stats, enabling people to learn about heart attack warning signs and offering healthier recipes.

Heart Foundation's National Director of Cardiovascular Health, Dr Rob Grenfell said the app will help patients manage their medication routine, increase their understanding of their condition and ultimately improve their health.

"Around 3.7 million Australians are living with cardiovascular disease - the number one killer of men and women, with a large number prescribed medications," Dr Grenfell said.

"We know the more medications people are taking the more difficult it is to remember to take them.

"Within the app people can search a medicines database for medicines they are taking, which lists the dose and frequency for each medicine and it sets reminders to help people to take them."

The app is available on iPhone, iPad or Android devices.