Six-month programme on lifestyle changes in primary cardiovascular prevention: A telemedicine pilot study

Palmira Bernocchi, Doriana Baratti, Emanuela Zanelli, Silvana Rocchi, Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Simonetta Scalvini

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Background: Technology and information systems enabling transmission of patients' data and ability to provide and exchange professional support remotely to the general practitioners can improve quality and continuity of care. Design: We set up a programme of primary prevention in 27 patients at risk for cardiovascular diseases by using Telemedicine Service for 6 months. Methods: Telemedicine Service enlisted the involvement of physicians and nurse-tutors. The following cardiovascular activity markers were assessed: (i) cardiovascular risk cards (Framingham Study and Progetto CUORE); (ii) blood pressure; (iii) physical activity (three sessions of bicycle exercise training and calisthenic exercises a week); and (iv) questionnaires on stress and quality of life. Results: Both cardiovascular risk cards showed a statistically significant reduction of the score (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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Telemedicine
Primary Prevention
Life Style
Exercise
Gymnastics
Aptitude
Continuity of Patient Care
Quality of Health Care
Information Systems
General Practitioners
Cardiovascular Diseases
Nurses
Quality of Life
Blood Pressure
Technology
Physicians

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Physical activity
  • Telemedicine service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Epidemiology

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