It’s good to talk! Virtual counselling LOWERED blood pressure almost as much as medication, study finds
The demand for counselling is accerating across the globe as it is recognised in more and more cases to be an alternative to prescribed medicines.
A reason why it is vital that professional counsellors keep abreast of the developments in the profession of talking therapies for the benefit of their clients and the profession
- 264 high blood pressure patients were monitored over the course of a year
- Those offered counselling reduced their systolic blood pressure by 10mmHg
- That’s almost double the number of those without, who managed just 6mmHg
Prescriptions for blood pressure medications are a huge cost to the Health Services across Europe and Beyond.
Not least because roughly half the adult population are said to be regularly consuming doctor-approved drugs to manage their health.
So claims that online lifestyle counselling has the same effect as a daily pill doesn’t just offer patients an alternative treatment – but could save vast sums of cash, too.
Detailed at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Washington on Sunday, the news comes after 264 high blood pressure patients were monitored over a year.
With an average age of 58, the subjects’ mean blood pressure began at around 140/90 mmHg, meaning they clinically had stage 1 hypertension.
Most were already taking at least one drug to cut their blood pressure.
Undertaken in conjunction with the Heart and Stroke Association of Canada, the study participants were split into two groups – one which was assigned e-counseling, the other being a control group.
Both received emails during the year-long trial, first weekly, then monthly.
Those in the e-counseling group were ‘provided links to online multimedia and interactive tools to increase motivation and skills to begin and sustain a heart-healthy lifestyle,’ the study said.
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