A culturally relevant app that will enhance African American users' heart health shows promise, according to a research

A culturally relevant app that will enhance African American users' heart health shows promise, acco ...

According to the findings, a culturally relevant mobile app created for members of a given community might have a positive impact on their heart health.

According to the study, the participants who used the mobile app part of the Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health program improved their overall heart health scores over a 10-week period.

Researchers conducted a survey of each participant's mean heart health score on a scale of 0 to 14 during the previous six months of the intervention through the mobile app. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average heart health scores among the participants have increased by nearly two points.

Our study is the first of its kind to incorporate a community-vetted smartphone-based app into a randomised clinical study to improve overall heart health among African Americans. Our findings are promising in that they demonstrate the potential of mobile technologies to positively influence health behaviors that are difficult to change, including diet and physical activity, according to LaPrincess Brewer, a Mayo Clinic preventive cardiologist.

According to a study by the American Heart Association, African Americans are at an all-time high risk of cardiovascular disease. These differences are influenced by underlying cardiovascular risk factors as well as social and economic inequality.

This study was part of a community research project called Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH!). The project aimed at addressing health disparities in African American communities. More than 100 African American churches participated in the program in Rochester, New York State.

Participants received culturally appropriate instruction modules on stress factors and practical strategies to overcome obstacles to better health, such as heart-healthy dishes inspired by African American dishes.

The app is not currently available to the general public because it is still being investigated. Mayo Clinic researchers will now focus on assessing the FAITH app's utility and efficacy in clinical care and health system settings.

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