Connecting with Others can Help Lower High Blood Pressure
I absolutely love this study.
It proves that hearing others’ stories and learning that we are not alone can measurably improve health.
Sandral Hullett, et. al., published this study in the Annals of Internal Medicine in which 230 African American males and females were randomized to receive either the intervention or the control at clinic in the South.
The control consisted of videos at baseline, 3 months and 6 – 9 months of general, health-related informational videos, read bland.
The intervention consisted of videos at baseline, 3 month and 6 – 9 months of patients talking about their experience of hypertension.
The intervention reduced the study subject’s blood pressure by an average of 7 mm Hg for the Systolic reading and about 3 mm Hg for the Diastolic reading which is comparable to actual medicine for hypertension.
Here is a quote from the paper which compares their results to standard methods of reducing blood pressure:
“We compared our findings with those from previous pharmaceutical, nonpharmaceutical, and behavioral hypertension
treatment trials. According to data from the ALLHAT (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial), chlorthalidone, amlodipine, and lisinopril decreased systolic blood pressure by between 10.5 and 12.3 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by between 8.6 and 9.3 mm Hg over 5 years (18). Appel and colleagues (19) reported that an 8-week intervention to improve dietary behaviors of patients with hypertension led to decreases of 5.5 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure. In a systematic review of 11 studies of behavioral interventions (20), the Cochrane collaboration found that the mean reduction in systolic blood pressure for the intervention groups was 0.57 mm Hg (CI, 1.22 to 0.08 mm Hg) compared with the control groups. Thus, our intervention produced greater changes than many behavioral interventions and performed similarly to nonpharmaceutical and pharmaceutical interventions.”
If you or someone you know has blood pressure, connect them with others, it may help a great deal.
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