An innovative e-Health intervention program has been designed to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in the elderly. Researchers from the HATICE trial presented the solution in a pre-press article published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
‘Internet-based lifestyle counseling program can help reach a larger population and aids in better control of cardiovascular risk factors.’The HATICE trial is currently ongoing in Finland, France, and the Netherlands, involving more than 2,500 people aged 65 years or older, at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
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Half of the participants have access to an Internet platform where they can follow their cardiovascular risk factors, and find information on how to reduce them by improving their lifestyle. Through the platform, they can also interact with a specialized nurse for extra guidance and support.
The other half of the participants use a simplified platform, with only basic information and no interactive features.
The main goal of the HATICE trial is to understand whether participants can benefit from the use of the platform and the interaction with the nurse by reducing their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and dementia.
To this aim, HATICE focuses on increasing the awareness of participants on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, while taking into account the specific needs of senior citizens.
The results were used to develop a lifestyle counselling program within the HATICE platform.
Professor Miia Kivipelto, senior investigator of the HATICE trial, adds:
"This study addresses the need to improve our knowledge of how to best support healthy ageing and prevention of cardiovascular disease and dementia in the senior population. The results of the HATICE trial will provide important information on how to better control cardiovascular risk factors in this age group, and plan large-scale preventive programs."