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Remote disease management program improves lipids, blood pressure

Reuters Health - 23/11/2020 - A cardiovascular risk management program delivered remotely improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to an interim report from the first 5,000 patients enrolled in the program. The reductions were "clinically meaningful" and of a magnitude that result in "fewer heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events," Dr. Benjamin Scirica, cardiologist from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, who led the team that developed the program, said in a news release. Dr. Scirica described the program and early results during a November 17 media briefing at the virtual American Heart Association (AHA) scientific sessions. The results were simultaneously published in the journal Circulation. The program relies on a team of patient navigators and pharmacists to help deliver personalized care remotely, without the need for in-person visits or clinician involvement in every treatment decision. Between January 2018 an...

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