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How a smartphone app can help reduce the risk for high blood pressure in women who had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.

Managing blood pressure after pre eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition which affects up to 6% of pregnancies, and a key early sign is high blood pressure. Although the condition usually goes away after childbirth, there is a huge increase in the risk of coronary heart disease later in life for women if they had pre-eclampsia.

Professor Leeson (Radcliffe Department of Medicine) has already run a small study in collaboration with Professor McManus (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences), who is an expert in developing ways patients can manage their own blood pressure.

A smartphone app, designed by a team from the university’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering with input from the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health, responded to the blood pressure readings by giving personalised instructions on how best to adjust their medications. Six months later, their blood pressure was lower than the group of women who received usual care.

Read more (Radcliffe Department of Medicine website)