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Wearable blood pressure monitoring devices to improve blood pressure control
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Wearable blood pressure monitoring devices to improve blood pressure control

Dr Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Institution: Deakin University

2018 Vanguard Grant

Years funded: 2019-2021


High blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure. Around 6 million Australians have high blood pressure and 23% remain uncontrolled despite receiving treatment. Blood pressure control is a major public health challenge in Australia. A slight reduction in blood pressure can significantly reduce cardiovascular complications and deaths. It is clear that the current clinic-based, physician centric models of blood pressure treatment have not achieved desired rates for blood pressure control.

In this project, we aim to evaluate for the first time in the world a new model of care using a wearable blood pressure monitoring device coupled to a web-based care platform for supporting people with high blood pressure. The wearable devices are simple wrist-worn devices that can measure blood pressure continuously, transform these data to a care platform where they can be reviewed by the patients and physicians, and allow patient specific adjustments to treatment. In a previous study, we have validated a wearable blood pressure device, and with our technology partner developed an interactive online care platform.

The platform contains important health education resources related to blood pressure control, enables easy communication with clinicians and allows personalized messages to be sent to patients to encourage healthy lifestyle change. The use of a wearable device with a care platform may improve self-monitoring and provider-initiated alerts prompting medication adjustments if blood pressure remains uncontrolled. The outcomes of this project will inform evidence-based large scale multicentre implementation trials of blood pressure lowering and technology use models. This simple, relatively inexpensive, novel technology has the potential to transform blood pressure management across Australia and internationally, reducing future premature deaths from cardiovascular disease.

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