Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. With more than 50 million people suffering from high blood pressure in the U.S., hypertension has become a growing epidemic. Studies have shown that with the proper use of medication, many of these complications can be prevented. Using reliable home-based health information can help individuals achieve better long term management of hypertension and other chronic conditions.
The use of home blood pressure monitoring is recommended by national and international guidelines for the management of hypertension, including the American Heart Association and the American Society of Hypertension. The mTelehealth Hypertension Program Powered by Ideal Life has been successfully tested to optimize at-home treatment and management.
There are approximately 5.3 million people suffering from CHF in the U.S., with about 380,000 people over age 65 diagnosed with the condition every year. A great cause for concern has been the increasing number of individuals being hospitalized with CHF. In the U.S., the estimated total direct and indirect cost of heart failure in 2008 was $34.8 billion, with the greatest share being hospitalizations.
Increases in body weight are associated with hospitalization for heart failure. Daily information about individuals’ body weight identifies a high-risk period during which interventions can be implemented to avert heart failure. The mTelehealth CHF Program Powered by Ideal Life has been successfully tested and shown to decrease readmissions and to optimize at-home treatment.