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Mobile technology for primary stroke prevention

Krishnamurthi, R, Hale, L, Barker-Collo, S, Theadom, A, Bhattacharjee, R, George, A, Arroll, B, Ranta, A, Waters, D, Wilson, D, Sandiford, P, Gall, S ORCID: 0000-0002-5138-2526, Parmar, P, Bennett, D and Feigin, V 2019 , 'Mobile technology for primary stroke prevention' , Stroke, vol. 50 , pp. 1-3 , doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023058.

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Background and Purpose: Feasibility of utilizing the Stroke Riskometer App (App) to improve stroke awareness and modify stroke risk behaviors was assessed to inform a full randomized controlled trial. Methods: A parallel, open-label, 2-arm prospective, proof-of-concept pilot randomized controlled trial. Participants were randomized to usual care/control or App intervention group and assessed at baseline, 3, and 6 months. The App measures stroke risk and provides information on management of risk factors. Participants were aged >19 years with at least 2 modifiable stroke risk factors identified, no prior stroke, and owned a smartphone. Results: Fifty participants (24 control, 26 App) were recruited from 148 eligible participants. Retention in the trial was 87%. Mean cardiovascular health (Life's Simple 7) improved by 0.36 (95% CI, -2.10 to 1.38) in the App group compared with 0.01 (95% CI, -1.34 to 1.32) in controls ( P=0.6733). Conclusions: These findings support a full randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of the Stroke Riskometer for primary stroke prevention.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Krishnamurthi, R and Hale, L and Barker-Collo, S and Theadom, A and Bhattacharjee, R and George, A and Arroll, B and Ranta, A and Waters, D and Wilson, D and Sandiford, P and Gall, S and Parmar, P and Bennett, D and Feigin, V
Keywords: awareness, primary prevention, risk factors, smartphones, stroke
Journal or Publication Title: Stroke
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 0039-2499
DOI / ID Number: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023058
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© 2018 American Heart Association, Inc.

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