Virtual counseling helps lower blood pressure

doctor looking at meds photoBy American Heart Association News

People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that adding e-counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the next decade.

“Internet-based supportive lifestyle counseling does indeed work effectively when it’s clinically organized and when it complements medical therapy,” said the study’s lead author Robert Nolan, director of cardiac e-health at the University Health Network’s Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, and a clinical psychologist at the Toronto General Research Institute.

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