Cardio Ex 12+
Coronary & Peripheral Game
Level Ex, Inc.
Designed for iPad
You work hard, now it’s time to play hard in the cardiology app that reimagines your specialty as a captivating video game. A winning combination of clinical and procedural gameplay brings you back to what you love about practicing medicine and delivers critical information that keeps you performing at the top of your game—all for FREE. Cases refresh daily: Diagnose and treat diseases from common to rare, and play even more heart-pumping PCI levels within Cardio Ex’s vivid vasculature. Rare medical scenarios and complications help you stay a beat ahead and prepare for your next real-life boss level.
*Real cardiology cases informed by expert cardiologists. Levels refresh every day with new diagnosis, treatment, and procedural challenges for you to try.
*New clinical levels: Acute myocardial infarction, HFpEF, HFrEF, multifocal atrial tachycardia, mitral regurgitation, atrial fibrillation, and more! Flex your deductive reasoning skills as you eliminate diseases, and weigh treatment options to maximize patient health and satisfaction before time runs out.
*Enhanced PCI gameplay in the heart-racing levels interventional cardiologists have loved since Cardio Ex’s release—plus new levels. Get ready to battle stenotic lesions, calcified lesions, bifurcation lesions, thrombosis, coronary artery dissection, and coronary artery perforation in striking recreations of the human heart.
*Free CME, accessible any time in its own designated area.
*Real-time feedback in game to better understand medical cases and your score.
*Supplemental, evidence-based reading materials post clinical gameplay to boost your expertise.
*Risk-free exploration of conditions, drug therapies, devices, and techniques most relevant to you.
*Rewards, achievements, and special collections that motivate you to sharpen specific skills and increase knowledge in select topics. Replay levels at your convenience to explore new approaches or improve your score.
*Collectible avatars, backgrounds, and titles that uniquely represent you and showcase your accomplishments.
Level Ex video games are played by over 750,000 medical professionals and endorsed by top academic institutions and medical societies for physician education and training. Cardio Ex is available for free to physicians, residents, medical students, and healthcare professionals worldwide: interventional cardiologists, general cardiologists, electrophysiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, and other medical specialists.
Note: Cardio Ex uses Apple's Metal graphics API to render sophisticated 3D environments and simulate X-ray technology. For an optimal experience, devices with Apple A7 or higher are recommended.
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Ratings and Reviews
I love this game for its creative gaming design, and I am critically impressed that this game is free. I love all of the different simulations, but I have a special fondness for the diagnosis scenario, being the simulation I use most. I work as an AEMT, and find CardioEx to be an excellent practice in critical thinking and applying knowledge to real life situations. I find as well that by researching conditions featured in this game, I am more easily able to treat calls that might otherwise seem like nonsense with the gravity they deserve. Best of all, this makes educational tools into games (FOR FREE I MIGHT ADD), so I am able to study in my strongest learning style.
Awesome, just needs one thing
This app is such a great idea & fun learning tool! The only thing it’s missing is something even the NBME neglects: answer explanations! For example, in the treatment tutorial, you can choose to use statin+fish oil, or statin+icosapent ethyl. i tried the fish oil first but it barely responded, so i tried the icosapent & it helped. the problem there for learning? just trial & error. would be nice if at the end of the case it showed you treatment guidelines(per USPSTF?), so you know what your steps should have been. would also help to have scoring reflect whether you chose the right sequence of interventions. random example: if it was a micro case & i went straight to vancomycin when i should have tried a penicillin first, i shouldn’t win just because the bug died either way. i should at least get less points, or something. same with the diagnosis cases. if i do an echo before i ask for past history... i should be somehow punished. LOL great work otherwise, guys.
OH! Unless I missed it, there’s no way to just hit “diagnose” when i know what it is. i shouldn’t have to keep eliminating if i know the condition. could give extra points for knowing without needing to eliminate to 1, and penalties for choosing the wrong diagnosis.
This app is WONDERFUL. Truthfully, I’m just a curious high school student considering a career in medical work, so I may not be the intended audience, but holy cow. The design of the app is modern and sleek. The music is riveting. This is a promising start to this app.
This being said, there are some things that need to be cleaned up in the app.
For example, I don’t think that the directions are clear enough in some of the stages. (Example: In the level where you learn to treat calcification, I killed a couple of patients before I realized what I really needed to do.) This can be especially confusing for those with very limited background knowledge of cardiology and the treatment of different ailments. A way to fix this issue could be an optional “guide” that takes you step by step through each process. (I mean literally step by step. Go for ultimate hand-holding.)
Another thing that could use work is general playability. I have had reoccurring issues with framerate, and have had the game crash mid-session before. The game also sometimes seems to have difficulty registering whether you are trying to rotate the camera or move components within the heart.
Otherwise, I am very pleased with this app. Keep up the good work! ✨
Developer Response ,
Hi, FunkyMysteryVanMan. Thanks for writing us a thoughtful review. Best of luck in deciding which career path is right for you!
A friendly reminder to players (and review readers): Although Level Ex games are free to download, our games are intended for medical professionals.
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- 776.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
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