Scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of mobile health technologies for reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited and the benefits of mHealth apps and wearables require further study.

That’s the conclusion of an American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Circulation. While smartphone apps and wearable sensors have the potential to help consumers make healthier lifestyle choices by managing weight, increasing physical activity, and helping to quit smoking, based on a review of the “small body of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies” the association is taking a wait-and-see approach to the technology.

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