November Innovation – The Heart Hero App

At the heart of Iridia, lay one of our eight core values, innovation. As CPR month comes to a close we wanted to highlight one of the most innovative CPR tools out there. It’s called Heart Hero (get it here from the Apple App Store), an interactive mobile app that lets you practice CPR to the catchy beat of the Bee Gees’ hit, Stayin’ Alive.

Heart Hero was created by Genius Factor Games who donated their time and experience to develop this app specifically for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The goal of this partnership was to create a fun, easy and free tool to learn CPR on the go. Why did they choose Stayin’ Alive? You may have heard that the song’s rhythm provides the perfect pace for performing CPR, and it’s true, the beat hits the nail on the head and is easy to remember in a pinch.

Who should download this app? Heart Hero is for anyone who would like to establish a basic foundation of CPR knowledge. For those who aren’t comfortable with the CPR process, but would like to take a first critical stride, this app is a great start. Heart Hero will walk you through the appropriate steps and give you the tools you need if you find yourself in a situation where you need to perform CPR.

Some of the features include:

  • Video tutorial on the 2011 definition of CPR and using en AED (automatic external defibrillator).
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation office finder (Canada-wide).
  • Important facts about CPR and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  • Seven challenging Heart Hero mini-games to test your skills in saving a patient with the basic CPR techniques.
Heart Hero

Heart Hero Screenshot

“It’s clear that cardiopulmonary resuscitation improves the odds of surviving cardiac arrest, but just as importantly, the app provides CPR practitioners with the practice and confidence needed to employ those skills in an emergency situation,” said Lisa Hutcheon, Manager of Patient Programs at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC & Yukon.

Unfortunately many individuals hold back from performing CPR because they are afraid they will do it wrong. The truth is, is that not doing anything at all will be the worst case scenario. “The technique is actually less important than doing chest compressions quickly and firmly,” says Hutcheon.

We urge all Canadians to learn CPR, by learning a little bit now you can potentially save a life later. On the quest to bring CPR knowledge to all Canadians, this is a great leap forward. It is innovations such as this that Iridia can stand behind.

*It is important to note, while the app is a valuable tool to practice CPR, it does not replace CPR certification.
*The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that all Canadians learn the life-saving skills of CPR and review this knowledge often.

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