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Breathing Exercises to Lower Blood Pressure

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Sky Smith has been writing on psychology, electronics, health and fitness since 2002 for various online publications. He graduated from the University of Florida with honors in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology and statistics with a minor in math.
Breathing Exercises to Lower Blood Pressure
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ref 1 - drugs still 1st line but consider non-drug measures how breathing exercises help Slow Breathing

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Lowering Blood Pressure

Doctors measure two points of your blood pressure. The higher number, called the systolic pressure, measures the pressure of blood surging into your blood vessels when your heart squeezes or contracts. The lower number, called the diastolic pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart is at rest. Both numbers are measured as mm Hg or millimeters of mercury. A person with hypertension wiill have asystolic reading of higher than 140 mm Hg or a diastolic reading of higher than 90 mm Hg, or both. (Ref. ) Prehypertension _

Sometimes high blood pressure can be corrected by treating an underlying disease or condition, such as . Most people with high blood pressure have essential hypertension, which means that **. Essential hypertension is treated by lifestyle changes such as increasing exercise, reducing salt and eating more healthfully if the person's blood pressure is less than . The JNC-7 recommends that people with blood pressure readings of** or higher should start on prescribed medications. CAM - can combine People with normal blood pressure levels do not require treatment but they can benefit from lifestyle changes.

Slow Breathing

slow breathing, device-assisted, yoga, meditation, aerobic dynamic, aerobic resistant general medication

Device-Guided Breathing

Some evidence of short-term benefits but many studies were done by manufacturer (check FDA website) (Resource 1 & 2 - need full article) Ref 1 - RESPeRATE - 5mmHg reduction SP responses

Mind-Body Exercises

yoga has short-term results but not long-term

what works - diet, exercise, less alcohol, no smoking

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