Balsamini explains that since there is so much addiction involved, patients who already have an “inherent propensity for addiction” continue to need more and more. She calls opioids a “gateway drug.”
“When the prescribing of opioids may cease because technically the patient should be doing better,” she explains, “they may need something more.” If they are no longer getting an opioid, they may turn to illicit drugs.
The “Love My Heart” app helps women better manage their healthcare and heart health. Developed by cardiologists who specialize in women’s cardiovascular disease, the Risk Calculator empowers women to determine their own personal risk for development of heart disease.
“Unlike the myriad of things out there,” Tolani says, “it’s simple and it gives you the information that you need.” Once you are given your risk, the app gives suggestions on how to improve. This is all done from your phone.