Twitter—a Preventative Measure for Cardiovascular Disease
Want to hear about the latest and greatest news in real-time? Turn your sights towards social platforms where newsworthy information can be shared in mere seconds. According to a recent article published by MedicalXpress, Twitter can play a key role in preventing heart disease as suggested by a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney.
The Low Down on Twitter, Tweeting and Top Influencers
At 140 characters or less, Twitter has become a real-time informational network connecting friends, family, and complete strangers who share topics of interest—serving as a hub for all kinds of interesting conversations.
According to TechCrunch, Twitter passed 500 million users in June of 2012 with 140 million here in the U.S. Of all active users, the most recognized figures with the largest following count include: Justin Bieber—37.6 million, Katy Perry—35 million, and Barack Obama—29.9 million, [digitaltrends.com].
Although a-list celebrities are likely not tweeting about the latest breakthroughs in heart health, there are influential figures in the medical field such as heart doctors and physicians that do hold weight and can be recognized as a source of notable and factual information.
Cardiovascular Education via Social Media
Popular social media platforms such as Twitter can significantly increase awareness through enhanced education of cardiovascular disease.
The study highlighting the benefits of Twitter as a means of raising cardiovascular disease awareness was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. There were a total of 15 international health-focused Twitter accounts, 6 medical journals and 9 professional organizations whose Twitter accounts were analyzed—reporting on tweets, growth and total reach. [MedicalXpress]
Julie Redfern, Associate Professor of the George Institute for Global Health said that through re-tweeting trends, researchers were able to examine the reach of health-related tweets.
“The popularity and rise of Twitter has made it a readily available, free, and user-friendly tool to disseminate information rapidly to a diverse audience, for example, to engage health professionals and heart attack survivors. In recent years, a growing number of health professionals have been using social media to share information. In a survey of 485 oncologists and physicians, 24 percent used social media at least daily to scan or explore medical information.”
This study comes after others that have successfully reported growth in the use of Twitter as an educational means after sharing medical news about quitting smoking and managing seizures.
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