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Cardiac care by phone

Monitoring patients' health by phone can make a real difference to people with chronic heart failure, according to a study published on bmj.com.

Monitoring patients' health by phone can make a real difference to people with chronic heart failure, according to a study published on

bmj.com

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A review found that structured telephone support (telemonitoring) by a health professional reduced admissions to hospital and deaths from all causes by nearly one fifth, while also improving health related quality of life.

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