Mobile Health Advances in Physical Activity, Fitness, and Atrial Fibrillation: Moving Hearts

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Jun 12;71(23):2691-2701. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.04.030.


The growing recognition that "health" takes place outside of the hospital and clinic, plus recent advances in mobile and wearable devices, have propelled the field of mobile health (mHealth). Cardiovascular disease and prevention are major opportunities for mHealth, as mobile devices can monitor key physiological signals (e.g., physical activity, heart rate and rhythm) for promoting healthy behaviors, detecting disease, and aid in ongoing care. In this review, the authors provide an update on cardiovascular mHealth by highlighting recent progress and challenges with mobile and wearable devices for assessing and promoting physical activity and fitness, and for monitoring heart rate and rhythm for the detection and management of atrial fibrillation.

Keywords: atrial fibrillation; cardiovascular disease; fitness; mHealth; mobile health; physical activity; prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology
  • Atrial Fibrillation / therapy*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Healthy Lifestyle / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • Telemedicine / trends*