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mHealth can potentially reduce heart disease risk

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There is increasing evidence showing that mobile health interventions can improve overall heart disease risk, although many questions still need to be answered through clinical trials, according a review published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. “mHealth has great potential to prevent heart disease, but there are unanswered questions about how to optimise it and maintain engagement with patients,” says lead author Harry Klimis, MBBS, University of Sydney, Department of Cardiology, Westmead Hospital, and The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia.Mobile health (mHealth) technology has gained wider acceptance as a means to improve the delivery of cardiovascular prevention targeting a combination of modifiable risk factors — which account for the majority of global risk factors for cardiovascular disease — in a scalable and affordable way. “There are already an overwhelming number of cardiovascular mHealth options available to consumers. However, the utility of applications to improve health outcomes has been poorly evaluated. There is limited research evidence for their effectiveness in modifying objective measures of health, and app development and provision are largely unregulated,” notes lead investigator Clara Chow, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney, Programme Director, Community Based Cardiac Services, Westmead Hospital, and Professorial Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health.

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