Telemedicine Can Help Patients Lower Their Blood Pressure
Patients with high blood pressure know how important it is to be involved in a care program to control their hypertension. A recent study showed that with the use of telemedicine and the improved health care technology, patients seem to be motivated to better manage their care. Alfred Bove, MD, past president of the American College of Cardiology, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Temple University, in Philadelphia, the lead investigator for the study, determined that where patients suffering from hypertension are encouraged to measure their blood pressure, record their numbers into a database, track progress and get continuous clinical advice and feedback, they are better able to manage their blood pressure and, thereby, reduce their risk of serious heart problems. Most of the participants in the study, which involved a group given a program by their primary care provider, and another group engaged in a regular reporting telemedicine program, were successful in achieving reduction in their blood pressure. However, non-diabetic patients participating in the telemedicine program experience an average drop of 19 mmHg compared to a drop of 12 mmHg for the control group. For diabetics, the telemedicine group reduced their numbers by 58.2 percent, compared to 45.2 for the control group.