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

hrough body scan exercise where the participants "inventoried" how they felt in all parts of their body, sitting meditation and yoga. The trial required participants to practice each for 45 minutes six days a week.

The alternate arm of the trial involved only progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) that included tension and release of specific muscle groups and homework assignments designed to mimic session time exercises.

MBSR resulted in substantial and statistically significant reductions in the primary outcomes, a -4.8-mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 1.9-mm Hg reduction in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) when measured in the clinic. PMR resulted only in a decrease of 0.7-mm in SBP and an increase of 1.2-mm Hg in DBP. MBSR did not result in a larger decrease than PMR in pressures measured outside of the clinic by programmed monitors during the day or during sleep.

The study was funded by a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health to Case Western Reserve.

"This could prove to be an adjunct for individuals with poorly controlled blood pressure," said Dr. Josephson. "It could also potentially decrease the need for medications as the only options for optimizing blood pressure levels."


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Contact: Mike Ferrari
mike.ferrari@uhhospitals.org
216-844-7239
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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