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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Abstract

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

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Epidemiology

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