Mayo Clinic Finds Digital Health Interventions Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

On average, digital health interventions reduced relative risk for cardiovascular disease outcomes by 40 %.

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Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Study) 

On average, digital health interventions (which included telemedicine, Web-based modalities, email reminders, SMS texting, mobile application, and data monitoring) reduced relative risk for cardiovascular disease outcomes by 40 %. This is a better reduction than statins, aspirin, or antihypertension drugs.

“Although previous studies have suggested benefits of digital health interventions in focused areas such as smoking cessation, behavior patterns, physical activity, hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, and weight loss, evidence concerning the benefit of digital health interventions on cardiovascular disease risk factors, let alone cardiovascular disease outcomes such as cardiovascular disease events, hospitalizations, and all-cause mortality, is lacking,” wrote study authors, led by Dr. Jay Widmer. “With nearly 50,000 health care–related apps now available for download and numerous internet-based digital health intervention solutions available, the benefit of digital health interventions on cardiovascular disease prevention and outcomes, both primary and secondary, merits reexamination.”

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