Online cardiomyopathy information can reduce patient anxiety, says study

7th May 2015

People with cardiomyopathy or at risk of developing the disease suffered less from anxiety after seeking online information about the disease, says a new study published in the American Heart Journal.

The study, led by Clara Minto from the department of cardiac, thoracic and vascular sciences at the University of Padova in Italy, looked at those searching for online health information and anxiety levels among 104 patients – 48 with cardiomyopathy and 56 at risk of developing it.

The patients completed three different questionnaires – one on using the internet, one on quality of life and one measuring anxiety levels.

For both groups of patients those seeking online health information had substantially lower anxiety levels.

The researchers concluded that internet technology could be instrument due to its “informational power and its potentially therapeutic value”.