Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Phone, Internet interventions can improve prognosis for cardiac disease, researchers say

In today's world where time is an issue, telehealth interventions are proven to work effectively.

Forbes reports on a study by Australian researchers who "reviewed published randomized trials evaluating the use of phone- or Internet-based interventions in cardiac rehabilitation programs. Two of the interventions were Internet-based; all others were by telephone."

"The researchers found that patients who took part in these telehealth interventions had a 30 percent lower death rate than patients without the interventions. The telehealth patients also had lower total cholesterol levels, lower levels of systolic blood pressure and lower rates of smoking."

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