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Telemedicine promising for blood pressure management, but many challenges remain

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Hypertension
Reuters Health - 25/09/2020 - A new position paper shows that telemedicine is useful for optimizing the management of hypertensive patients, particularly those who are difficult to treat or poorly adherent, but numerous barriers will limit implementation for the foreseeable future. "The specific purpose of our expert paper was to 'rock the boat,'" Dr. Stefano Omboni of the Italian Institute of Telemedicine, Varese, told Reuters Health by email. "Currently, telemedicine is considered very important for the management of patients with heart disease - specifically, heart failure and arrhythmias. Specific telemedicine guidelines exist for these conditions." "However," he said, "managing hypertension with telemedicine may have an important benefit for the primary prevention of heart disease. Guidelines should not disregard it, nor label telemedicine as an extreme option for limited cases. As physicians, we must leverage the diffusion of telemedicine services for hyperten...


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