According to a meta-analysis in the April 2015 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the Internet is helping patients with cardiovascular disease actually stay healthy.
In the video above, Dr. Jay Widmer, a cardiology fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, outlines the parameters of digital health interventions addressed in the article. The team conducted a systematic search of PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, Ovid, CINHAL, ERIC, PsychINFO, Cochrane, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for articles published from January 1, 1990, through January 21, 2014. They included studies that examined any element of digital health intervention (DHI), such as telemedicine, e-mail, mobile phones) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes or risk factors.
Use of the technologies was associated with a significant 1.24% reduction in patients’ Framingham risk score, which estimates the 10-year risk of a first heart attack. The team also found reductions in weight, blood pressure, and LVO cholesterol. Interestingly, the types of digital health intervention with the most impact on weight reduction were those that were interactive, such as SMS texting, web-based applications and tele-health.
Full text of article available at: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(15)00073-7/fulltext