A study by researchers from the University of Calgary, the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC), and Emergence Creative found that a program called MOXIE helped patients at high risk of heart disease.
The program gave patients education and support to help them manage their health.
The study included 4,761 people who were 65 or older and had a high risk of heart disease. Half of them received MOXIE, and the other half received normal care.
Those who received MOXIE had 22% fewer hospitalizations for heart-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, angina, and kidney disease.
MOXIE is a personalized patient engagement platform that uses online tools, direct mail, daily check-ins, and gamification to help patients manage their health.
It’s designed to fit with the many other priorities in a patient’s life, and it helps patients cope with the multiple facets of living with complex illness over time.
The study’s lead author, Dr. David Campbell, says the results are promising but more research needs to be done to understand how and why MOXIE works.
Dr. Raj Pannu, CEO of Emergence Creative, says MOXIE and similar approaches can make a difference in health outcomes.
Dr. Jia Hu, CEO of 19 To Zero, says MOXIE is an efficient and economically scalable medical intervention for heart disease.
Overall, the study suggests that regular, high-engagement communication with patients can lead to positive health outcomes for those at the highest risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is a term used to describe a range of conditions that affect the heart, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
These conditions can cause the heart to function improperly and can lead to serious health problems, including heart attacks, stroke, and even death.
Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, and a family history of heart disease.
Preventive measures include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and managing conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Treatment options for heart disease can include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery, depending on the specific condition and severity.
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The study was published in Circulation.
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