Publications in Scientific Journals:
M. Bachler, W. Sehnert, I. Mikisek, S. Wassertheurer, T. Mengden:
"Non-invasive quantification of the effect of device-guided slow breathing with direct feedback to the patient to reduce blood pressure";
Objective: Slow breathing is a relaxation exercise recommended for lowering blood pressure (BP). Biofeedback may improve patient adherence and enhance BP lowering effects. Since the pulse arrival time (PAT) is inversely proportional to BP, it can be used to estimate BP changes. Approach: In this pilot study, 30 patients (age 62.9 (SD 7.7) years, 11 F/19 M, Sys. BP 133.0 (SD 17.1) mmHg, Dia. BP 83.8 (SD 10.6) mmHg) performed a device-guided slow breathing exercise. PAT was measured by ECG and plethysmography and immediately presented to the patient, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) was calculated retrospectively to measure the adherence to the instructed respiratory rate. Main results: Respiratory rate was 13.6 (SD 1.9) bpm at baseline and 5.4 (SD 1.0) bpm during guided breathing.
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