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Clinical & Experimental Cardiology

Clinical & Experimental Cardiology
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9880

Modulation of heart rate variability: A novel non-pharmacological modality for lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients

9th Annual Meeting on Arrhythmia and Cardiac Surgery

July 14-15, 2016 Brisbane, Australia

Abdullah A Alabdulgader

Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre, Saudi Arabia

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Clin Exp Cardiolog

Abstract :

This study examined the efficacy of teaching emotional self-regulation techniques supported by heart rhythm coherence pattern (Heart Rate Variability modulation (HRV)) training as a means to quickly lower blood pressure (BP) in patients diagnosed with hypertension. To the best of our knowledge, an investigation of their ability to produce immediate reductions in BP had not been published in the medical literature. The study was a randomized controlled design with 62 hypertensive participants who were divided into three groups. An analysis of covariates was conducted to compare the effectiveness of three different interventions on reducing the participants BP. The modulation of HRV to coherence pattern was associated with a significantly greater reduction in mean arterial pressure in the two groups who used the intervention as compared with the relaxation-plus-medication group. Additionally, the group not taking medication that used the intervention also had a significantly greater reduction in systolic BP than the relaxation- plus-medication group. These results suggest that self-regulation techniques that incorporate the intentional generation of positive emotions to facilitate a shift into the psychophysiological coherence state are an effective approach to lowering BP. Change in the physiological set-point for homeostatic regulation of BP is thought to be the underlying mechanism. Further studies should examine if large scale implementations of such heart-based coherence techniques could have a significant impact on reducing risk of mortality and morbidity in hypertensive patients.

Biography :

Abdullah A Abdulgader is the Professor of Congenital Cardiology/Electrophysiology and also General Directorate of Health. He has completed his undergraduate in King Faisal University 1991. He is Founder and General Director in Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre, General Director of King Fahad Hospital. He has received many local and international compliments and awards. A large number of Congratulatory Letters from the Presidents of the various Universities in Saudi and local educational and academic authorities has been received by him. He has got Congratulatory Letter from the Royal Highness Prince Salman Ibn Abdul-Aziz and Crowned Prince of Saudi Arabia.