GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN- Researchers at University of Gothenburg, Sweden have developed an interactive web system that, along with your smartphone, can efficiently control your blood pressure.
The participants in the study lowered their blood pressure and were better able to understand how their lifestyle affects their blood pressure.
They also actively participated in follow-up discussions, state the researchers.
“The result showed statistical and clinical significance in lowering blood pressure between the first and last weeks of the study,” says Ulrika Bengtsson, a PhD student at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University.
Systolic blood pressure (top reading) was lowered by seven mmHg on average and diastolic blood pressure (bottom reading) by 4.9 mmHg. The reduction generally occurred during the first weeks and then stabilized.
“The blood pressure reduction trend was fairly similar, regardless of the initial blood pressure level, blood pressure dropped,” Bengtsson adds.
The patients report their blood pressure, pulse, medication intake, lifestyle, symptoms and state of well being in their mobile.
The web system sends questions, individual lifestyle related and encouraging messages and reminders to the patient’s mobile.
Graphic feedback is available on the internet allowing the patients and their health care professionals to check blood pressure values in relation to other estimates, either on a specific day or over time.
The results show that the use of the interactive system gave patients a better understanding of the connection between their lifestyle and their blood pressure.