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Lower Blood Pressure Fast – The #1 Life Hack BUSY ADULTS Should Try (Fast & Easy)!

By on March 28, 2017
Want to lower your blood pressure? This one trick could help lower it easily and quickly–in the privacy of your own home.

In a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC, researchers say people who used electronic counseling (e-counseling) to learn how to manage their blood pressure saw a 10 mmHg reduction in their systolic blood pressure. This is considered significant–and could actually help people reverse high blood pressure.

Robert P. Nolan, Ph.D., lead author of the study, even suggests it could be as effective as using blood-pressure-lowering medication.

“The electronic counseling (e-Counseling) intervention had an effect similar to that of adding an additional blood-pressure-lowering medication,” says Nolan, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the University Health Network Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. “We think this lifestyle counseling intervention can complement and optimize the effectiveness of medical therapy to reduce high blood pressure.”

The Research

In the study, researchers examined 264 patients with an average age of 57.5, of whom 58 percent were women. At the beginning of the study, most participants had an average blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg, considered borderline high blood pressure. An additional 39 participants had a blood pressure reading of 160/100 mmHg, considered stage 2 hypertension (high blood pressure).

Splitting the participants into two groups, one group was assigned to an e-counseling group, where they enrolled into an online program offered by the Heart and Stroke Association of Canada. The other group did not go through any additional counseling, however, serving as the control group.

By enrolling through the website, participants received regular emails on how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, which included interactive tools and video clips. They were also given access to tool trackers to track their diet and physical activity.

The researchers’ goal was to replicate face-to-face counseling in an online setting, something which Nolan believes he replicated accurately. Nolan explains below:

“In the e-Counseling intervention we tried to replicate the experience of going through face-to-face lifestyle counseling for a year. We made use of what we know from 60 years of research on the effective features of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, and we applied those features using the technology that was available to our team.”

To test if this counseling experiment worked, researchers tested their blood pressure at three separate intervals: At the start of the study, four months into the program, and a year after implementing the program. So what changed?

  • E-counseling led to a 10 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure. This was more than 4 mmHg decreased compared to the control group.
  • It also improved their pulse pressure. Higher pulse pressure can increase the risk of arterial stiffness or a leak in the aortic valve, called aortic regurgitation.
  • This type of counseling worked better for women for reducing diastolic blood pressure. Although men saw an average reduction of 4 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure, women saw an average of at least 6mmHg, considered significant.

So what do these findings mean? It’s simple, say researchers–online intervention programs could work just as face as face-to-face sessions. If you’re strapped for time–or just prefer to do things solo–this could potentially be a good option for you.

“We believe this dynamic way of engaging patients can be a very powerful tool to promote behavior change,” says Nolan.

Readers: Would you try this type of counseling? Why or why not?

Sources:
Lifestyle Intervention Leads to 10-Point Drop in Systolic Blood PressureAlphaGalileo.org

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