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Lifestyle Modification in Blood Pressure Study II (LIMBS): Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy of a 24week structured yoga program versus lifestyle modification on blood pressure reduction.

Cohen DL, Bowler A, Fisher SA, Norris A, Newberg A, Rao H, Bhavsar R, Detre JA, Tenhave T, Townsend RR

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medicine, Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, 1 Founders Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 190104, United States. Electronic address: debbie.cohen@uphs.upenn.edu.

Hypertension is a major public health issue affecting 68million adults in the United States. Lifestyle modifications including complementary therapies such as the movement based mind body practice of yoga have become increasingly popular in the United States and have been considered as a potential alternative to medication in blood pressure reduction. We completed a pilot study in 2009 which showed meaningful decreases in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure readings after a 12week period of yoga participation. Based on data from our pilot study we are now completing The Lifestyle Modification and Blood Pressure Study (LIMBS II) which is a phase 2 randomized controlled trial designed to determine the effects of yoga therapy and enhanced lifestyle modification on lowering blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and stage 1 hypertensive subjects. Using 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, LIMBS II aims to compare the effects on blood pressure reduction in subjects randomized for 24weeks to one of the three following groups: yoga therapy versus blood pressure education program (sodium restriction and walking program) versus a combination program that involves components of both groups. LIMBS II will also examine the impact that changes in blood pressure have on cerebral blood flow. If successful, the LIMBS study will determine if yoga therapy combined with enhanced lifestyle modification will result in clinically meaningful decreases in blood pressure and thus can be implemented as an alternative to drug therapy for patients with prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension.

Published 9 September 2013 in Contemp Clin Trials, 36(1): 32-40.
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Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Versus Supportive Expressive Group Therapy for Distressed Survivors of Breast Cancer (MINDSET).   J Clin Oncol, 31(25): 3119-26.

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Complementary and alternative therapies as add-on to pharmacotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders: A systematic review.   J Affect Disord, 150(3): 707-19.

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Efficacy of omega-3 for vasomotor symptoms treatment: a randomized controlled trial.   Menopause.

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Psychosocial and Cardiac Outcomes of Yoga for ICD Patients: A Randomized Clinical Control Trial.   Pacing Clin Electrophysiol.

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Articles on Yoga published 26 August 2013:

Nonpharmacologic labor analgesia.   Clin Perinatol, 40(3): 351-71.

A supportive medical team should be well informed on the various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic modalities of coping with or mitigating labor pain to appropriately support and respectfully care for parturients. Using the methodical rigor of previously published Cochrane systematic reviews, this summary evaluates and discusses the efficacy of nonpharmacologic labor analgesic interventions. [Abstract] [Full-text]


Articles on Yoga published 13 August 2013:

Effects of mind-body therapies on symptom clusters during the menopausal transition and early postmenopause: a systematic review.   Climacteric.

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