Device-guided breathing exercises reduce blood pressure: ambulatory and home measurements

Am J Hypertens. 2001 Jan;14(1):74-6. doi: 10.1016/s0895-7061(00)01235-8.


Slow breathing practiced routinely using an interactive device has demonstrated a sustained reduction in high blood pressure (BP). We reevaluated the BP response of hypertensives (n = 13) to this daily treatment for 8 weeks using 24-h ambulatory, home, and office BP measurements. A clinically significant BP reduction of similar magnitude was observed in all BP monitoring modalities during the daytime. Greater BP reductions were found for older patients and higher baseline BP. The results provide additional support for the efficacy of the device as an adjunctive lifestyle modification for treating hypertension.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Pressure Determination / methods
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Breathing Exercises*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Office Visits
  • Respiratory Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted*