Mechanisms and Therapeutic Effects of the Relaxation Response in Elderly Hypertensive Patients
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether the relaxation response is more effective than attention control in reducing blood pressure and medication dosage in elderly adults with isolated systolic hypertension.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: Relaxation response
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the relaxation response is more effective than health education training (attention control) in reducing systolic blood pressure and anti-hypertensive medication elimination in elderly adults with isolated systolic hypertension.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
55 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
55 years or older
currently taking at least 2 anti-hypertensive medications
systolic blood pressure between 140-159 mmHg
diastolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg
read and understand English
access to a telephone
ability to attend all study visits
other cardiovascular disease
major medical illness
previous experience with any RR eliciting technique
current use of:beta-agonist bronchodilators, systemic corticosteroids, anti-convulsants/psychotics, immunosuppressants, cytotoxic therapy, anabolic steroids, antidepressants (other than SSRIs), dicyclomine, bile acid binding resins, or sympathomimetic medication