Feasibility & Utility of Telemedicine in Hypertension
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Hypertension remains the most common modifiable cardiovascular risk factor, yet hypertension control rates remain dismal. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown what happens where patients are unable to visit their physicians at healthcare facilities due to fear of infection. Similar issues are relevant for people who find attendance at their healthcare provider difficult due to distance, disability, lack of transportation, or other commitments.

In these situations, a telemedicine solution provides options for adequate care, and in most cases of hypertension, care requires tele monitoring of BP.

In 13 studies (5 performed in hospitals, 5 in general practices, and 3 in the community) including 1662 patients, the average adherence to telemedicine-based hypertension management programs was reasonably high: 76.8% of patients complied with the tele monitoring schedule. In 10 studies (3 performed in hospitals, 5 in general practices, and 2 in the community) enrolling 1120 patients, 87.1% of the participants regarded the telemedicine solution as useful to manage their condition (range, 69%–100%).

Take home points:
-- Telemedicine has proven to be a highly useful resource for healthcare in general and even more so when it comes to the management of chronic illnesses like hypertension.

-- So telemedicine solutions continue to both healthcare providers and patients to content with the disease in a significantly better way, ensuring the provision and delivery of superior care despite the challenges a chronic illness may present.

-- Blood pressure tele monitoring is useful in achieving better BP control in patients with hypertension and may help to support doctors in more closely following up with their patients, particularly those who need tighter BP control (eg, those at high cardiovascular risk or with comorbidities) or who require monitoring of multiple vital signs.

-- In general, blood pressure tele monitoring is well accepted by patients and may help improve patient’s quality of life, optimize antihypertensive treatment, reduce the frequency of face-to-face consultations, and decrease healthcare expenditure.

You can counsel & guide your patients to manage their high BP by following few simple steps. For more details on how to manage BP, kindly click on the below link & watch the video, & you can share the video with your patients if you like it.

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