Using smart phones to improve cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death, globally and in Australia. IPAN researcher Professor Ralph Maddison explored how digital health can change management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. 

Professor Maddison led a trial of a new mobile cardiac rehabilitation program, funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council project grant,. 

“After someone has a heart attack, cardiac rehabilitation – including lifestyle changes and adhering to prescribed medication – reduces the risk of future heart problems and helps with recovery, but the number of people who complete rehabilitation is low,” Professor Maddison said. 

“Our three-year study examined whether a smartphone-delivered rehabilitation program improves people’s recovery, and cost effectiveness of the program for the health system. 

“This approach could give more people access to cardiac rehabilitation services, especially those living in regional and rural areas.”