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The Journal of Community Health Management


Effect of mind body therapy (yoga, meditation & music) on elderly hypertensive people


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Author Details: Karuna Mittal, Parmendra Sirohi, KC Mathur, RP Agrawal, Vivek Agrawal

Volume : 3

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2738

Print ISSN : 2394-272X

Article First Page : 108

Article End Page : 112


Abstract

Objective: Hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly in elderly. Several randomized controlled trials have firmly established that lifestyle modifications may be the additional treatment for preventing or even treating milder forms of hypertension in elderly.
Material & Methods: 100 elderly (age >60yrs) hypertensive patients were randomly selected for this study. The selected cases were divided into two groups. Group 1 was taking conventional treatment with unsupervised exercise protocol while Group 2 went through a supervised mind body therapy. The following parameters were determined BMI, WHR, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile.
Results: In the group receiving mind body therapy there was a significant decrease in systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure (152.40±10.62 to 137.80±8.71 vs 95.72±4.21 to 86.87±2.85) respectively when compared with the group taking only conventional measures.
Conclusion: Based on results, mind body therapy, may therefore be considered as a useful adjunct to conventional therapy in management of metabolic syndrome.

Keywords:
Mind body therapy; Hypertension