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Digital therapeutics: An effective, non-pharmacologic way to improve BP control

Presented By
Prof. Kazuomi Kario, Jichi Medical University, Japan
Conference
ESC 2021
Trial
HERB-DH1
A digital tool, the HERB system, showed to be successful in patients with early-stage hypertension. Participants were able to lower their blood pressure (BP) and implement positive lifestyle interventions [1]. The International Society of Hypertension has highlighted the need for population-level initiatives to reduce the global burden of elevated BP, including diet and exercise recommendations and reducing salt intake. Digital therapeutics refers to an emerging branch of medicine that utilises technology-based software algorithms or applications. These digital therapeutics could be beneficial in improving BP level and control. To test this, the HERB system was developed, a new interactive smartphone app designed to help users to make intensive and consistent lifestyle modifications to reduce BP. In the HERB app, 6 non-pharmacologic interventions were included: sleep condition, salt intake, alcohol reduction, exercise, body-weight control, and stress manag...


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