App plays doctor to find out if your time is short

App plays doctor to find out if your time is short
An AUT app - the Stroke Riskometer - works out how at risk you are of having a stroke or developing other major health problems.

An AUT researcher and developers who graduated from the university have created an app to find out if you're at risk of having a stroke or developing other major health problems.

The Stroke Riskometer, developed for iOS and Android devices, works out your risk based on factors like age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and health factors. It then gives you a percentage chance of having a stroke in the next five to 10 years, compared with someone of the same age and gender, without contributing risk factors. That can then be shared on Facebook.

Professor Valery Feigin from AUT's National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences says the app is design to encourage positive lifestyle chances.

“As people make good choices like exercising more, drinking less alcohol and reducing stress, they can check what impact it has on their risk of suffering a stroke," he says.

People can reduce their chance of other diseases like heart attacks, dementia and cancer by making these changes, says Feigin. And he wants people to know everyone has risk to some degree. “This is a new paradigm in stroke education. Recognising that we all have a risk of suffering a stroke and everyone, rather than only those at high risk, should reduce their risk factors."

The app was brought to market by AUT's commercialisation arm AUT Enterprises and developed by digital agency Seamonkey Media.

Seamonkey was founded in February 2012 by chief software architect Taylor Abernethy-Newman and creative director Seamus McCarthy.

The app uses an algorithm developed by the Framingham Heart Study, using medical risk factors along with diet, physical inactivity, alcohol, stress, family history of stroke or heart attack, and ethnicity.

The Pro version has more information on how a user can reduce their chance of having a stroke and heart attack, including video clips from experts. Money raised from this version will go towards research and education.