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A team of researchers from the University of Colorado, University of Arizona and Alma College in the US have found that certain medications and/or exercise can reduce resistance to high blood pressure. The study was published in Journal of Functional Physiology.

High blood pressure, also known as chronic high blood pressure blood pressure, can lead to various health problems, from loss of eyesight to stroke and heart failure. For this reason, doctors take it seriously. Typically, patients are directed to change their diet and exercise more. If this does not fix the problem, drugs are prescribed. In this new effort, the researchers looked at a new type of treatment for lowering blood pressure: resistance-breathing training.

Resistance-breathing training involves breathing in and out for several minutes each day. The device forces the patient to use their breathing muscles to push and pull in air, making them stronger. And this, according to the researchers, reduces blood pressure. This device has been used for many years to help athletes, singers, and people with weak lung muscles.

Several healthy volunteers practiced the training for a few minutes every day for six weeks. Each was able to inhale and exhale through the device 30 times during each session. Each volunteer had their blood pressure measured before and after the training.

The researchers found a permanent average drop of 9 mmHg Systolic blood pressure (The highest number in blood pressure) – Normal pressure is defined as 120/80. Some patients describe the change as important as seeing it with medication. They note that this is similar to the changes seen in many patients who begin aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or running. They suggest that Training It can be used by patients of all ages who are unable to exercise to lower their blood pressure.







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Additional information:
Daniel H. Craighead et al., A multitrial, retrospective analysis of the antihypertensive effects of high-resistance, low-volume inspiratory muscle strength training; Journal of Functional Physiology (2022) doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00425.2022

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