Simple text messages can reduce one’s odds of a second heart attack
An Australian study has found evidence by sending text messages to patients after having myocardial infarction. The message’s content was about improving health and changing routines.
More than a quarter of all heart attacks in the U.S. are repeat heart attacks, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these attacks could be prevented by lifestyle changes.
“A six-month clinical trial in Australia found that patients recovering from a heart attack were more likely to maintain lower blood pressure, less body fat and lower cholesterol levels than a control group when the patients received text messages asking and giving suggestions about their health routines.”
A similar clinical research study is going on at SUS (Skånes University Hospital) where a patient group of 250 patients take part. The patients with coronary heart disease in Sweden get the opportunity to use the LifePod application to log various lifestyle information like diet, exercise, smoking, blood pressure and so on. The patients also receive text messages two to three times per week with information and tips on healthier lifestyle choices.
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