Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMC and Hospital

Ludhiāna, India

Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMC and Hospital

Ludhiāna, India
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Mohan B.,Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMC and Hospital | Sharma S.,DMC and Hospital | Kaushal D.,Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMC and Hospital | Singh B.,Hero DMC Heart Institute and DMC and Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Indian Heart Journal | Year: 2016

Objective: The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is increasing in developing countries but the awareness regarding prevention and treatment of these diseases is still low. Therefore the present study was conducted with the aim of imparting health education regarding certain changes in lifestyle and dietary habits among general population through the use of short message service (SMS) that may lead to improved knowledge about prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted over a period of seven months. In the first phase, health education messages were sent through SMS to about 40,000 individuals from urban and rural population in Punjab. Twenty eight messages were sent to each individual and hence more than eleven lakh messages were sent over a period of six months. A questionnaire containing 11 questions based on these health education SMS was generated. Every 40th individual enrolled in the study was contacted on phone, and their responses noted. The data so collected was analyzed for correct responses. Results: Complete responses could be obtained from 800 participants (males: 561 and females: 239). The participants giving correct responses to different questions ranged from 43% to 94%. Majority of participants could retain knowledge about many aspects of healthy heart habits provided by SMS except for topics concerning foods to be avoided, target for normal BP and precautions to be taken before BP measurement. Conclusions: Health related information imparted through SMS can act as a very effective tool for disseminating knowledge about prevention of heart diseases in general population. © 2017 Cardiological Society of India.

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