An Audio Relaxation Tool for Blood Pressure Reduction in Older Adults

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The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an audio relaxation tool for lowering blood pressure and augmenting heart rate variability (HRV) in older adults. Fourteen older adults (83 ± 8 years) participated in the study. The intervention consisted of 12 sessions of a guided relaxation program. Blood pressure was taken before and after each intervention. HRV was assessed once before training and at the conclusion of the final session. Paired sample t tests were used for data analysis. Comparing pre and post parameters for all sessions, the intervention resulted in a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure (P < .001), diastolic blood pressure (P < .001), and heart rate (P < .005). HRV was unaffected. This study provides support for the use of guided relaxation to reduce high blood pressure in older adults. This 12-minute relaxation audio program can be used for high blood pressure prevention or in conjunction with antihypertensive medications for blood pressure management. Further research is recommended.

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