A new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2023 has shown that over 50% of patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure were able to achieve controlled blood pressure measurements after participating in a remote digital monitoring program.
Traditionally, controlling blood pressure has been challenging because patients not only need medication but also need to make significant lifestyle and behavioral changes. However, this study found that combining a digital hypertension management program with feedback from clinicians can improve rates of blood pressure control.
The study was conducted at 54 Federally Qualified Health Centers across the United States. Patients were provided with a digital phone app that prompted them to provide their blood pressure readings and other related information. Healthcare professionals at the clinics reviewed the information and communicated with patients through the app or phone to provide coaching or treatment changes.
Patients were also provided with home blood pressure monitors to submit readings through the app. The program included videos on how to use the app and monitors, and also provided links to information about nutrition and mental health.
The results of the study were encouraging:
– 31% of all patients had controlled blood pressure when they enrolled in the study, compared to 61% at the end of the study period.
– Among patients with uncontrolled blood pressure at the start, 55% achieved controlled blood pressure measurements after participating in the program.
– Among Spanish-speaking participants who used the Spanish version of the app, 35% started with controlled blood pressure and 70% achieved controlled measurements after participating in the program.
– Of Spanish-speaking participants with initial uncontrolled blood pressure, 66% achieved controlled final blood pressure measurements.
These findings highlight the potential of remote digital monitoring programs in improving outcomes and decreasing rates of uncontrolled blood pressure. Future studies will investigate the specific characteristics of the program that contribute to maximizing blood pressure control.
It’s important to note that the study had limitations, including the fact that the results may not be applicable to broader populations and that there was no control group that received standard treatment.
The American Heart Association reports that nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. This study offers a promising solution to help manage this prevalent health condition.
– American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2023
– American Heart Association’s 2023 Statistical Update
– ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults