Apps can be instrumental in building a healthy heart, according to a new study.

The results of the EVIDENT II trial, presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s nursing annual congress, indicates tech can play a pivotal role in ensuring people stick to a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.

“We found that a healthy lifestyle smartphone app, added to brief advice on diet and exercise, improved a marker of arterial hardness, indicating delayed arterial ageing and a lower risk for atherosclerosis,” said Dr Jose Ignacio Recio-Rodriguez, study author and assistant professor, University of Salamanca, Spain.

In the trial those used the app achieved better results after a year in key indicators than those who just took advice.

It follows recent research that suggests smartphone apps can provide low-cost monitoring of heart disease and stroke risks.