Besides making lifestyle changes and taking medications, some people may also find it helpful to use RESPeRATE for lowering their blood pressure. The device helps the user achieve "paced breathing" to relax the muscles around the blood vessels to allow better blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Although the machine doesn't require a prescription, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider before using RESPeRATE to treat your high blood pressure.
How Does RESPeRATE Lower Blood Pressure?
RESPeRATE® is a medical device that uses biofeedback to lower blood pressure. It helps the user achieve "paced breathing" with little or no effort. With paced breathing, the slower, deeper breaths activate stretch receptors in the lungs and the heart. In response, certain signals from the nervous system decrease, leading to a relaxation of the smooth muscles that surround small blood vessels. This allows the blood vessels to dilate (open wider), allowing for easier blood flow and lower blood pressure.
RESPeRATE has been evaluated in several different clinical studies. In these studies, the device was compared to an audio player with relaxing music, a blood pressure monitoring device (that measures blood pressure), or both. This allowed the researchers to make sure the blood pressure-lowering effects of RESPeRATE were actually due to paced breathing, not to the "placebo effect" or simply to the relaxing sound of RESPeRATE.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 510(k) for the InterCure Ltd. RESPeRATE. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/pdf2/k020399.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
InterCure Ltd. RESPeRATE clinical information brochure. RESPeRATE Web site. Available at: http://www.resperate.com/clinician/sample/Clinical_Information_Brochure.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
InterCure Ltd.. RESPeRATE user manual. RESPeRATE Web site. Available at: http://www.resperate.com/support/user_manual_english_blue.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
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