The latest research findings have uncovered that systolic and diastolic blood pressure may be successfully reduced by using a cognitive behavior app. The daily-use app encourages patients to set out personalized behaviors to help reduce high blood pressure.
The app is supported by a multidisciplinary team that looks at healthy behavior changes, and users can schedule calls with coaches and therapists throughout the duration of the 12-week program.
The study involved 172 participants, of which 75 percent achieved clinically meaningful improvements in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Improvements were highest among those who completed the entire program.
By the end of the 12 weeks, 43 percent of participants who were still tracking their blood pressure had achieved control level readings.
There is a growing area of healthcare apps on the rise. The majority of them focus on mental well-being or weight loss, but cardiovascular related apps are on the up and up as well.
The researchers concluded, “Future research should examine the ability of treatment tailored in response to this model to further enhance outcomes. In addition, research is needed to assess the durability of outcomes following the intervention period, to identify subgroups and subgroup characteristics where the targeted intervention is most/least effective, and on the use of machine learning to predict clinical outcomes and modify treatment parameters during the course of treatment. The digital intervention should also be evaluated for its effectiveness in treating other chronic diseases that share the same root causes as hypertension.”