09:11pm Sunday 22 October 2017

Home testing could put patients in control

The findings of a new study show blood pressure among patients who used telemonitoring dropped further than those who did not use it. Telemonitoring is a system that allows patients to record and send their blood pressure readings directly to healthcare professionals using blood pressure measuring equipment and mobile technology.

Moving more of the control over to the patient through telemonitoring could certainly prove beneficial

More than 400 people from Scotland with uncontrolled high blood pressure took part in the six-month trial, with half receiving telemonitoring and the other half given normal care through their GP.

Amy Thompson, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Even once high blood pressure has been discovered it can be difficult to manage because of infrequent monitoring and people not always taking their medication as they should. Moving more of the control over to the patient through telemonitoring could certainly prove beneficial.

“It will be interesting to see how home blood pressure checks hold up in larger studies. At the moment we are still some way off seeing this become a reality for patients with uncontrolled blood pressure.”

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.

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