Last updated on February 2018

Detecting and Treating High Blood Pressure in Aboriginal Population and Low and Middle Income Countries

Brief description of study

Heart disease and stroke are the number one killers world-wide. When someone has hypertension, the constantly elevated blood pressure damages their blood vessels and the organs that they supply blood to. This causes stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and dementia. Finding and lowering high blood pressure to normal with lifestyle changes and if necessary medications, lowers the risk of these outcomes. Canada has high rates of blood pressure control compared to other countries in the world, due in large part to the successful dissemination of hypertension guidelines. However remote and disadvantaged communities have not been as successful and need additional measures to help achieve the same level of blood pressure control as the rest of the country. The DREAM-GLOBAL team has extensive experience working with Canada's Aboriginal Communities and a large community in Tanzania. The DREAM-GLOBAL project will integrate innovations in technology with the implementation of guidelines-based blood pressure control and through partnerships with experts in government and industry, overcome barriers to lowering blood pressure in Canada's Aboriginal Communities, and in a community in Tanzania. Tools will be developed and tested that will close the circle of care around people with hypertension by bringing measurement data to the medical record and health care provider and also sending useful medical feedback to the person with hypertension via secure data servers and routine SMS messaging on cell phones. The system will be tested for effectiveness of diagnosing and also for managing hypertension. To begin the process of preventing hypertension, the team will also explore with an Aboriginal community how to create policies to reduce the sodium content in their food. If proven effective, DREAM-GLOBAL can also become a platform for managing other chronic diseases.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02111226

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