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Decrease in blood pressure and improved psychological aspects through meditation training in hypertensive older adults: A randomized control study.
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PMID:  25407688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of Zen meditation on blood pressure (BP) and quality of life in elderly subjects.
METHODS: A total of 59 volunteers (21 men and 38 women), aged ≥60 years with systolic BP between 130 and 159 mmHg and diastolic BP between 85 and 99 mmHg, were randomly divided into a meditation group (MG), n = 28 and a control group (CG), n = 31. The MG meditated twice a day for 20 min for 3 months, and the CG remained on a waiting list. The BP levels were measured monthly in both groups. The volunteers' medication was kept stable. A quality of life assessment instrument was applied at the beginning and end of the study.
RESULTS: For systolic BP, analysis of variance showed the influence of time (F(4,228)  = 4.74, P < 0.01, β = 0.98) and the interaction group × time (F(4,228)  = 3.07, P < 0.01, β = 0.89). The MG showed a significant decrease in systolic BP levels in the second measurement after 1 month of meditation practice when compared with the CG (Newman-Keuls test, P < 0.05). Starting at the second measurement, systolic BP levels in the MG were lower than the baseline and first measurement levels; however, the systolic BP levels were similar to those observed in the CG. In the quality of life assessment evaluation, a significant improvement in psychological aspects and overall quality of life in the MG compared with the CG was observed.
CONCLUSION: These results suggest that Zen meditation is an interesting tool as a complementary treatment for hypertension in elderly subjects. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2014; ●●: ●●-●●.
Márcia de Fátima Rosas Marchiori; Elisa Harumi Kozasa; Roberto Dischinger Miranda; André Luiz Monezi Andrade; Tatiana Caccese Perrotti; José Roberto Leite
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-11-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Geriatrics & gerontology international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1447-0594     ISO Abbreviation:  Geriatr Gerontol Int     Publication Date:  2014 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-11-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101135738     Medline TA:  Geriatr Gerontol Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Japan Geriatrics Society.
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