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RESPeRATE is a special device used to reduce blood pressure. It measures and analyzes your breathing pattern and creates musical tones that will guide you in paced breathing. By helping you practice paced breathing, RESPeRATE can relax the muscles around your blood vessels to allow better blood flow and lower blood pressure. This device should be used in combination with other high blood pressure treatment.

What Is RESPeRATE?

RESPeRATE® is a medical device that uses biofeedback to lower blood pressure. It is cleared by the FDA to be used along with other high blood pressure treatment (such as medications or diet and exercise) to treat high blood pressure. RESPeRATE allows the user to effortlessly pace their breathing in a manner that provides a sustained (all day long) decrease in blood pressure when used for 15 minutes a day.
 

Who Makes RESPeRATE?

RESPeRATE is made by InterCure, Ltd.
 

Does It Really Work?

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.
 
On average, for people with high blood pressure, these studies have shown that RESPeRATE lowered systolic blood pressure by 13.7 mmHg (compared to 8.9 mmHg for the control group) and lowered diastolic blood pressure by 8.4 mmHg (compared to 4.1 mmHg for the control group). Although this might seem like a small decrease in blood pressure, it is actually quite significant, similar to the decrease in blood pressure seen with many blood pressure medications.
 
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