The simple text messages that could save lives

REGULARLY texting coronary heart disease patients reminders about sticking to a healthy lifestyle leads to modest improvements in their cholesterol, blood pressure and weight, an Australian study shows.

Researchers from the George Institute sent four text messages per week to 352 patients, providing lifestyle advice and motivational reminders tailored to each person's health profile.

Some were merged with the patient's preferred name, for example: "Have you gone for your walk today, Jane?"

Six months later, LDL-C, blood pressure, BMI and

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