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J Hum Hypertens. 2008 Feb;22(2):138-40. Epub 2007 Sep 6.

Contemplative meditation reduces ambulatory blood pressure and stress-induced hypertension: a randomized pilot trial.

Abstract

A total of 52 pharmacologically untreated subjects with essential hypertension were randomly allocated to either 8 weeks of contemplative meditation combined with breathing techniques (CMBT) or no intervention in this observer-blind controlled pilot trial. CMBT induced clinically relevant and consistent decreases in heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure if measured during office readings, 24-h ambulatory monitoring and mental stress test. Longer-term studies should evaluate CMBT as an antihypertensive strategy.

PMID:
17823597
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jhh.1002275
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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