New Smartphone App Helps Control High Blood Pressure

by Vishnuprasad on  November 27, 2015 at 10:58 AM Medical Gadgets
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Blood pressure medication combined with changes in lifestyle gives good results, but despite awareness of this, many people end in unhealthy conditions.

Scientists have developed an interactive web tool that, along with a smartphone, can be used to self-manage hypertension effectively.
New Smartphone App Helps Control High Blood Pressure
New Smartphone App Helps Control High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure medication combined with changes in lifestyle gives good results, but despite awareness of this, many people end in unhealthy conditions.

"The result showed statistical and clinical significance in lowering blood pressure between the first and last weeks of the study," said Ulrika Bengtsson, PhD student at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the Gothenburg University in Sweden.

The patients reported their blood pressure, pulse, medication intake, lifestyle, and state of well being in their mobile phones. The web tool sent individual lifestyle related and encouraging messages and reminders to the patient's mobile. Graphic feedback was available on the Internet allowing the patients and their healthcare professionals to check blood pressure values in relation to other estimates, either on a specific day or over time.

Blood pressure readings have two numbers, for example 140/90mmHg. The top number is your systolic blood pressure. The bottom one is your diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure, on average, was reduced by 7 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 4.9 mmHg. The reduction generally occurred during the first weeks and then stabilized.

The researchers said that the use of the interactive system gave patients a better understanding of the connection between their blood pressure and their lifestyle.

"The blood pressure reduction trend was fairly similar, regardless of the initial blood pressure level, blood pressure dropped," said Bengtsson.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.



Source: Medindia

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