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Old 02-17-2008, 05:27 PM
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Default Study - Relaxation Therapy Lowers Blood Pressure

In a single-blind, randomized, controlled study involving 220 patients with newly diagnosed moderate to severe essential hypertension, treatment with relaxation therapy, added to standard anti-hypertensive drug therapy, was found to reduce blood pressure more significantly than treatment with medications alone.

Subjects were randomized to either receive relaxation therapy twice a week for 8 weeks, in addition to standard drug therapy, or drug therapy alone.

Baseline blood pressure readings were not significantly different between the two groups of patients (193/105 mm Hg in the group randomized to receive relaxation therapy and 192/102 in the group randomized to receive drug therapy alone).

After the 8 week intervention, blood pressure was significantly lower in the group who received relaxation therapy (133/81 mm Hg), as compared to the control group (146/84). Good control over blood pressure was achieved by 59% of subjects in the relaxation therapy group, as compared to only 36% in the drug therapy group.

The authors conclude, "Relaxation therapy on the background of standard antihypertensive drug treatment results in better control of blood pressure."
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