TITLE

RELAXATION AND BIOFEEDBACK TECHNIQUES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTENSION

AUTHOR(S)
Patel, Chandra; Datey, K. K.
PUB. DATE
February 1976
SOURCE
Angiology;Feb1976, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p106
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In a controlled trial, 27 patients with systemic hypertension were given training in relaxation and meditation using biofeedback procedures. As a result there was a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic pressure in 77% of the patients. In 50% of the patients it was also possible to reduce antihypertensive drugs, ranging from 33 to 100%. Six-month follow up results show that the benefit can be maintained for a long term provided the patients practice relaxation regularly. The response is unlikely to be a "placebo effect" in the usual meaning. Its genuine therapeutic value should be exploited and reevaluated on a larger scale.
ACCESSION #
16359264

 

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