Learn About Heart Disease with iHeart Touch – iPad App Review

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, you’re probably scared, confused, and searching for more information.

Nucleus Medical Media has designed this iPad app, iHeart Touch, to assist doctors with patient education on both the diagnosis and progression of coronary artery disease, so it has all of the information you need on heart issues.

This free medical app opens with an interactive look at a beating heart, so it is definitely not an app for those of you who are squeamish.

The app then takes you through the arteries, displaying what a healthy artery looks like while explaining the function of the red blood cells. It is also interactive, so it instructs you to touch certain areas of the heart, and it then transforms to show you what an unhealthy artery looks like.

iHeart Touch then goes on to explain the various terms related to heart disease, such as atherosclerosis, which is where fatty deposits of plaque build up over the years.

The app visually takes you through all the stages of coronary artery disease, including treatments. While medication works during the early stages, later, sufferers will need an angioplasty, a stent, or even heart surgery.

After the app has run through its presentation, you can play it again or explore other areas of the app.

For medical professionals, which is who this app is designed for, you can add in your own drawings and explanations using the included pencil tool. For those of us who aren’t medical professionals, the app has some additional videos that can be watched by tapping the video button.

The videos are a bit complex, but it’s still worth watching, even without the supervision of a doctor, to understand the progression and the treatments of coronary artery disease.


There are videos on atherosclerosis, coronary angiography, CABG, coronary angioplasty, and the anatomy of the aorta. You can also access this information in PDF form, which can be emailed. This is great for doctors who need to send information to their patients.

Whether you’re a doctor, a medical student, someone suffering from heart disease, or simply interested in how the heart functions, this is a nicely designed app with clear graphics and explanations that’s well worth downloading.

What I liked: This is a super clear way of explaining coronary artery disease and understanding just what it is.

What I didn’t like: This app is clearly directed at medical professionals, but with a bit of extra information, it could be perfect for regular consumers as well.

To buy or not to buy: iHeart Touch is free, so if you’re interested in how the heart works, I’d highly suggest downloading this app and taking a look at it.

  • App Name: iHeart Touch
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Medical
  • Developer: Nucleus Medical Media
  • Price: Free
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  • Ron Collins

    Thanks for the great review, Juli! Nucleus created iHeart Touch for clinicians, but we are going to make it more patient friendly so folks can use it as a self-guided tour. One tip for downloaders: the life-sized beating heart animation makes a great addition to any zombie costume at Halloween! Just strap the iPad to your chest and expose to unwary victims. :^)

    Ron Collins

    • Juli Clover

      Ha, I love that idea. You’re right, it would work out well. So realistic too!