Digital AI coaching is effective in managing high blood pressure

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A groundbreaking study recently published in JMIR Cardio introduces a digital, AI-driven lifestyle coaching program that has shown promising results in reducing blood pressure in adults with hypertension.

The program, crafted by Jared Leitner and his team at the University of California, San Diego, utilizes data from wearable devices, blood pressure monitors, and mobile app questionnaires to provide tailored lifestyle advice.

This innovative approach stands as a modern alternative to traditional coaching methods. The research team conducted a single-arm nonrandomized trial involving 141 participants, delivering personalized lifestyle guidance via SMS and a mobile app over 24 weeks.

For those with stage 2 hypertension, the results were significant. At the 12-week mark, participants saw an average reduction of 9.6 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure and 5.7 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure.

The improvements were even more notable after 24 weeks, with systolic blood pressure dropping by 14.2 mm Hg and diastolic by 8.1 mm Hg.

These results not only demonstrate the effectiveness of the AI-driven coaching in reducing blood pressure but also show a rise in the number of participants achieving better blood pressure control and a reduction in those remaining in stage 2 hypertension.

One of the standout features of this digital coaching is its high level of participant engagement and the minimal need for manual interventions from clinicians.

This suggests that the AI approach not only enhances blood pressure management but also significantly eases the workload of healthcare providers.

Dr. Leitner commented on the success of the intervention, noting that by identifying key lifestyle factors contributing to each patient’s hypertension and offering targeted advice, the program maintained high engagement and led to improved health outcomes.

He highlighted the role of AI in making hypertension management more scalable and accessible, offering a cost-effective and personalized care solution for patients.

This study underscores the transformative potential of digital health innovations in managing chronic conditions like hypertension, marking a significant step forward in how such health issues are treated.

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The research findings can be found in JMIR Cardio.

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