Context Hypertension following menopause sets women up for increased risk of negative cardiovascular outcomes. A variety of relaxation techniques exist which aim to relieve stress and reduce blood pressure. Several studies were done to show the role of several relaxation techniques in lowering the blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Aim of the study to determine the effect of relaxation techniques on postmenopausal hypertension
Material and method Forty postmenopausal hypertensive women were selected randomly from outpatient clinic at EL Agouza hospital. They were divided randomly into two groups (A, B) group (A) were treated by antihypertensive drugs (Captopril 25 mg twice daily) and relaxation techniques sessions (each session 20 minutes, 3 times per week for 3months) while group (B) were treated by antihypertensive drugs (Captopril 25 mg twice daily) only. Blood pressure was evaluated before and after performing the program for both groups.
Statistical analysis Comparison between variables was performed using unpaired t test while pair-wise comparison (pre- versus post-treatment) within the same group was performed using paired t test.
Results Group (A) which treated by antihypertensive drugs and relaxation techniques showed a statistically highly significant difference (P<0.01) in both diastolic blood pressure and systolic blood pressure than group (B), as the mean difference was 12.5 and 3.5 respectively in DBP of group(A) and (B) and was 15.25 and 6.75 in SBP in group (A) and (B) before and after performing the program respectively.
Conclusion Relaxation techniques was very effective method in reducing blood pressure in postmenopausal women.