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Cardiol Young. 2017 Apr 17:1-2. doi: 10.1017/S1047951117000749. [Epub ahead of print]

Pokémon Go: digital health interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk.

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1Department of Internal Medicine,Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West,New York,New York,United States of America.
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2Department of Computer Science,Kent State University,Kent,Ohio,United States of America.
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3Department of Cardiovascular Medicine,Heart and Vascular Institute,Cleveland Clinic,Cleveland,Ohio,United States of America.

Abstract

Physical activity is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease/cardiovascular disease mortality, and current guidelines recommend physical activity for primary prevention in healthy individuals and secondary prevention in patients with coronary heart disease/cardiovascular disease. Over the last decade, playing classic video games has become one of the most popular leisure activities in the world, but is associated with a sedentary lifestyle. In the new era of rapidly evolving augmented reality technology, Pokémon Go, a well-known augmented reality game, may promote physical activity and prevent cardiovascular disease risks - that is, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Pokémon Go makes players willing to be physically active for regular and long periods of time. We report on an assessment of regular walking and playing Pokémon Go by performing data mining in Twitter.

KEYWORDS:

Pokémon Go; data mining; exercise; physical activity; social media

PMID:
28414007
DOI:
10.1017/S1047951117000749
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