- That was a statistically significant difference compared to the control group, which saw a 6 mmHg reduction.
- The study was released at American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Washington.
People who received regular lifestyle counseling online were able to lower their blood pressure as much as a medication would, researchers said Saturday.
Their study involved 264 people with high blood pressure and an average age of 58.
The subjects' average blood pressure began at around 140/90 mmHg, meaning they had what is clinically known as stage 1 hypertension.
Most were already taking at least one drug to cut their blood pressure.
Patients enrolled through the website of the Heart and Stroke Association of Canada and were randomly assigned to either an e-counseling group or a control group.
Both groups received emails during the year-long trial, first weekly, then monthly.