Pregnant women in Cork invited to take part new study

Pregnant women in Cork invited to take part new study
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Women in Cork, who are pregnant and who need additional blood pressure monitoring, are being invited to take part in a new study.

Cork University Maternity Hospital is seeking volunteers to take part in a new research study called LEANBH, which aims to improve care by offering safe, accurate and convenient monitoring of blood pressure (BP) at home.

Researchers are hoping to recruit women who require closer BP monitoring during their current pregnancy and they will be asked to take their BP three times daily using an automated blood pressure device.

The results will automatically be uploaded via the LEANBH mobile application which participants will have downloaded on their phones.

Readings will be monitored daily by the clinical research team led by Dr Fergus McCarthy and patients contacted when a change in clinical care is required.

Researchers hope to recruit 500 women over the next six months who have borderline/ suspected hypertension in pregnancy or for women who are at risk of developing high blood pressure in pregnancy.

Commenting on the study, Dr McCarthy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to improve our care for pregnant women by offering them safe, accurate and convenient monitoring of their blood pressure in pregnancy in the comfort of their homes with results monitored by an in-house team of midwives and doctors.

“There is huge potential to extend this project nationally, and relook at how we offer care to all our pregnant women to ensure they have as safe a pregnancy as possible."

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