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An Oxford University led study, working with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has found that text message reminders can help reduce people’s blood pressure.

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The study, of over 1300 adults with high blood pressure in the Cape Town area, compared text message reminders and interactive text messaging to a control group receiving standard care. The results appear online in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Professor Andrew Farmer, from Oxford’s Department of Primary Health Care Sciences explained: 'High blood pressure is a common condition that can be managed successfully with tablets. Yet, even in health systems where that medication is freely available, people can struggle to keep taking the tablets regularly.

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