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UH Case Medical Center study validates new approach to high blood pressure
Date:8/5/2014

CLEVELAND It truly could be mind over matter after all.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Richard Josephson, MD, recently released trial results in a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine that discusses mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for hypertension.

Nearly 60 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure in the pre-hypertensive range. Current treatment guidelines recommend lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and overall weight loss.

According to the new study, these changes can be dramatically augmented by MBSR as the methodology includes stress reduction, meditation for depression and anxiety and structured treatment management program.

The blinded trial included nearly 100 patients between 30-60 years of age who were not taking medications for pre-or hypertension. The study was conducted with Joel Hughes PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Kent State University.

"This was one of the first prospective randomized trials of MBSR as a nonpharmocologic treatment option," said study author Dr. Josephson, Director Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilition at the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and Professor of Medicince at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

"We are optimistic about its potential as a result of the findings and hope that more trials can be conducted to further evaluate the effectiveness of MBSR as it could have broad applications for multiple maladies."

The mindfulness-based stress reduction program consisted of eight group sessions that were 2.5 hours in duration and consecutive weeks. The MBSR included instruction and practice in mindfulness meditation skills along with discussion of stress, coping and homework assignments designed for patients to document their mood and anxiety levels.

A therapist participated in the exercises with the group and guided them t
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Contact: Mike Ferrari
mike.ferrari@uhhospitals.org
216-844-7239
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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