Blood pressure medication combined with changes in lifestyle gives good results, but despite awareness of this, few people are able to reach a well controlled blood pressure. "The result showed statistical and clinical significance in lowering blood pressure between the first and last weeks of the study," said Ulrika Bengtsson, PhD student at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the Gothenburg University in Sweden.
The patients reported their blood pressure, pulse, medication intake, lifestyle, symptoms and state of well being in their mobile phones. The web system sent questions, individual lifestyle
related and encouraging messages and reminders to the patient's mobile.
Graphic feedback was available on the Internet allowing the patients and their healthcare professionals to check blood pressure values in relation to other estimates, either on a
specific day or over time.
Systolic blood pressure, on average, was lowered by 7 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 4.9 mmHg. The reduction generally occurred during the first weeks and then stabilised. The results showed that the use of the interactive system gave patients a better understanding of the connection between their lifestyle and their blood pressure.